DENISON, Texas (AP) – In a town that’s no stranger to heroes, one stood out Saturday.

US Airways Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III returned to his hometown of Denison, Texas, to help pay tribute to military veterans on the 65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Denison also was the hometown of the man who led the invasion, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Gov. Rick Perry presented Sullenberger with a legislative resolution praising his safe landing of a US Airways jet on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, saving all aboard.

A crowd of flag-waving, sign-holding North Texans staked out sidewalk space early Saturday to get a good glimpse at the 57-year-old pilot in a parade down Main Street.

Sullenberger also was to address the 2009 graduating class at Denison High School.

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