Sunny skies, a large billowing U.S. flag and an appreciative crowd greeted hundreds of Iraq war veterans who marched Saturday in St. Louis in a first-of-its-kind “welcome home” ceremony.
Some participants rode motorcycles, while others rode in military trucks or on floats.
Many more veterans walked, waving to thousands who lined downtown streets.
Even a local institution, Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdale horse team, took part in “Welcome Home the Heroes.”
Grassroots organizers billed the parade and related activities as the first such event in a major U.S. city.
It included resources for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to ease the transition to civilian life, including finding work.