Saturday, January 28, 2012
St. Louis held a first-of-its-kind "Welcome Home Parade" for Iraq veterans Saturday. This Storify thread includes photos and comments from parade-goers and local media.
Maryland Heights Patch editor Rob McLean is on the scene at the Welcome Home parade in St. Louis today. Patch will provide real-time updates throughout the day. Stay tuned!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Names of the fallen to be read in vigil starting at 9:11 p.m., downtown.
Tonight, Friday night, the public is invited to a vigil in downtown St. Louis to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defending the U.S.A. in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars since the 9/11 attacks on the nation. The vigil begins at 9:11 p.m. at the Soldier's Memorial at Chestnut and 13th Street. It will include the reading of names of the fallen, those who have died. It is expected to last through the evening until Saturday's noon start of the parade, welcoming back Iraq War Veterans. The parade begins on Market Street at Kiener Plaza, in St. Louis. A resource area will be open to the public at the end of the route at Union Station, with the goal of providing information and opportunities for returning veterans. Patch …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Organizers have until midnight Friday to raise the money for the Jan. 28 downtown St. Louis parade.
A grassroots group trying to organize a homecoming parade in St. Louis honoring Iraq war vets is just $4,500 short of raising its goal of $25,000. See previous story: St. Louisans Helping Organize Parade For Iraq War Vets Organizers of Make January 28th Welcome Home the Heroes from Iraq Day have announced that two major corporate sponsors have stepped up to the plate: Mayflower and Anheuser-Busch. “Mayflower will match every donation made toward welcoming home our heroes, up to $7,500,” said Melissa Sullivan, Mayflower communications manager, in a press release. “We have a long history of serving military members and their families, and we have witnessed the courageous sacrifices that these men and women make. Mayflower is privileged to …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A grassroots group trying to raise funds by Friday night in hopes of honoring Iraq war vets downtown later this month.
St. Louis knows how to throw a parade. The Cardinals helped the community prove that once the team's magical run to a World Series title came to fruition last fall. Now, a grassroots group is coming together to show the same can be done to honor returning Iraq war veterans. What started as a dream a little more than a week ago now has a Facebook group page with more than 1,500 members. The group is led by Tom Applebaum, a Creve Coeur area resident who is also a member of the Parkway School board, and Craig Schneider, a St. Charles resident who works for the St. Charles School District. They are aiming to raise $25,000 by Friday at midnight to turn their goal of holding a "Welcome Home The Heroes From Iraq" parade downtown on January 28, …