(Updated and bumped for those of you who missed this – Over 100,000 attended parade!)
First in the nation…
St. Louis held the first “Welcome Home the Heroes” parade in St. Louis, Missouri.

Over 100,000 attended the parade today to honor Iraq War vets. It was an impressive turnout.

I was honored to watch the parade with famous Veteran Sgt. Mark Seavey who came in with his wife for the event.


The Beaumont High School Blue Jackets marched in the parade.


Many of the participants were there to honor fallen soldiers. SGT Eddie Forrest was remembered.

The Patriot Guard Bikers were a huge hit at the St. Louis Welcome Home parade.


A few of the Marines took a break from marching and let us take their picture.


The St. Louis Budweiser Clydesdales showed their patriotism.


This wounded warrior got a huge applause when he walked by.

Welcome Home, American Heroes!

Thank you for your service.

UPDATE: Mark Seavey has more on this historical event here and video here.

 

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    THANK YOU!!

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  2. I wish I could be there.
    Heroes–may God bless every single one of them.
    The debt of gratitude we owe them can never be repaid.

  3. Bless you, and thank you.

  4. I wish I could be there, too! Every state should have a parade for them.

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    ★ ✪ ✩ ★

    LOVE IT!!

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  6. I don’t know how much fun it was to march in the parade, but I bet riding a motorcycle was a total gas.

    Many, many thanks.

  7. Jim, your twitter feed has filled me with joy and pride today. Thanks for bringing us the highlights. Thank you to the great people of St. Louis, and God Bless our military.

  8. We can never repay them for what they’ve done, but we sure can honor their sacrifices by being better citizens watching their six here at home. Welcome home, folks, job well done!

  9. Thank You St. Louis for honoring our heroes!! God Bless them all!

  10. Thank you. We have two sons serving, one deployed. It makes us proud to see The PEOPLE that the Constitution speaks of, showing that The PEOPLE don’t wait on an aloof government to dictate what they will do or not do. The PEOPLE want to HONOR our troops.

    So let it be done!! Amen!

  11. ++

    OT..

    StrangernFiction #9 January 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    thanks..

    not totally buying it, too much dramatization v just the facts
    with follow troughs so to speak.. in other words.. no matter
    how they spliced it together, it’s more “suggestive” than “in
    context”.. however, i’m certain Obama and his Dhimmis will
    swallow it until they turn purple.. /s/

    more about “crony capitalism” here..

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  12. GOD Bless my hometown. I never lost my Midwestern values.

  13. God bless them. God bless St. Louis.

    Wanumba, God bless you as well, and your sons.

    These are America’s finest, folks.

  14. So much better pictures than the usual OWS nutcakes we usually see out on the streets. I assume you didn’t see anyone defacating on a police car?

  15. My husband and I were there today and I must say THANK YOU ST LOUIS!!! WOW, so impressive they did it right. They have shown the entire US how it is done. I was SO proud to be a part of this and so proud of the city of St Louis. My husband is active duty AF and served two tours in Afghan, he too had some tears in his eyes of the pride he felt for all the citizens that braved the cold and stood there the entire parade to show their appreciate for our beloved military. I must say it is NOT the first time I have been proud of my country but it is one of those times that make me even prouder to be an American and part of the St Louis area citizenry. It was a wonderful day, and I wondered where the antiwar people were hiding. I did not see anyone of that nature UNTIL afterwards and we had had lunch at the Marriot at Union Station and walking back to our car we passed two young men holding a large sign that said 9/11 was an inside job. My husband who was in uniform looked over and said, “you are allowed to think that”, then I said to them, “One of the things that makes America so great is that you are allowed to think or believe anything you like no matter how STUPID it is.” I smiled at them, turned my head to my handsome husband, chuckled and walked on in THEIR silence. hahahaha

  16. Our armed forces are the best! Thanks for posting this.

  17. #17 January 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    cj_thespook commented:

    Looks like you sunk to their level.

  18. Way to go St Louis…Nice job….Love the Troops…

    Maybe our corpseman in chief in the WH could have taken one of his many vacation days to attend this….

    I know I know wishful thinking…….FORE.



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