St. Louis Hosting 1st Big Parade On Iraq War's End

Thousands of people have turned out in St. Louis for the nation's first big parade welcoming home Iraq War veterans.

Several hundred veterans, many dressed in camouflage, marched Saturday afternoon through downtown along with marching bands, politicians and even the Budweiser Clydesdales.

But the biggest cheers clearly were for the veterans themselves. The crowd wildly cheered as groups walked by, and some veterans wiped away tears as they acknowledged the support.

People in the crowd waved American flags and held signs reading, "Welcome Home" and "God Bless Our Troops." Fire trucks with aerial ladders hoisted three huge American flags along the route.

Two St. Louis men launched a grass-roots effort to hold the parade after noticing there'd been no large public celebrations to welcome troops home.


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  • by THE Voice Location: Berkeley, CA on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    Hopefully these "heroes" will not feel sorry for themselves as another generation of veterans has.
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      by AntiMilitary on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM in reply to THE Voice
      I guess you mean the Vietnam vets, Voice. Very good point.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 29, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    It is great to read GREAT news for a change. If you are a veteran and read this I won't you to know how much me as well as my ENTIRE family appreciates you. I wish I could have been in St. Louis!!!!! Proud you ladies and men and THANk YOU is almost generic to the way we really need to define our support !!!! Thank you and glad you made it home safe.
  • by Forrest Gump Location: Greenbow AL on Jan 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
    Don't get too comfortable back in the states.Ya'll be shipping out to Iran soon enough.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to Forrest Gump
      Naw, people are tired of the Mideast olympics.
      • reply
        by Forrest Gump on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM in reply to
        You just keep thinking that. Stupid is, as o-bama does. Mama always said "My president looks like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get"
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          by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM in reply to Forrest Gump
          Racist idiot.
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          by Anonimouse on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:15 PM in reply to Forrest Gump
          LOL!
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:01 PM
    and in NEW YORK,,mayor bloomberg refused to allow a parade for the homecoming vets.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to voter
      Good.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM in reply to
        And why is that?
        • reply
          by voter on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM in reply to
          because that's how liberal yankees think.
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        by obamanot on Jan 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM in reply to
        Good?Why?Scared your occupy drug addict filthy hippy brethren might get their butts whipped?
  • by ConfederateCowboy Location: Washington,NC on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
    God bless these troops that were fortunate to be able to come home. Let us not forget those that did not return, God bless their souls. Thank you all for your service!
  • by ConfederateCowboy Location: Washington,NC on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    God bless these troops that were fortunate to be able to come home. Let us not forget those that did not return, God bless their souls. Thank you all for your service!
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