Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Iraq war veterans will be welcomed home next Saturday, by a large parade in downtown St. Louis.

“We want to make sure there are thousands and thousands of veterans both in the parade and lining the avenue to watch it.”

Craig Schneider says St. Louis will be the first city in the country to hold such a ceremony for returning soliders.

Staff Sergeant Brian Owens from the Air Force Sidewinders band will sing God Bless America, as he did at the at World Series.

At Union Station, organizers dedicated to helping soldiers with the transition back to home-life will offer their services.

Big checks from Anheuser-Busch and Mayflower helped get things started, but donations of time and money are still needed. Schneider says they also still need floats for the parade itself.

To help, go to http://www.missioncontinues.org/welcomehomeheroes

Comments (3)
  1. Ed Golterman says:

    Open up the Opera House-the first USO.It also served the military,
    for six decades.

  2. Ed Golterman says:

    Need floats? Civic Progress stores many floats-beds and may be trucks, in a huge garage.for Fair St. Louis and other parades. Ask them to lend you four or five, put something on them.

  3. Judy says:

    What a great thing to do for all our veterans! I hope there’s a big turnout!

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