Flag-waving parade crowd in St. Louis honors veterans

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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.

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