As American flags waved, “Welcome home” signs were held high, and confetti was tossed in the air, families thanked returning soldiers with cheers and tears to show their support and gratification. St. Louisians and Americans welcomed home U.S. troops from the Iraq War on Jan. 28. Webster has campuses around the U.S. located at military bases in 18 states in the U.S. including Missouri, California, Washington, and Colorado.
Many supporters dressed in army accessorized with red, white and blue stand proud as they congratulated the returning troops. A former U.S. soldier in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, who asked to remain anonymous, said if he could speak directly to the soldiers he would encourage them to stay alert and keep the faith.
“Look towards Jesus Christ. All things are possible with God. God bless,” he said.
The parade, which was held on Market Street beginning at Broadway Street and extending past 7th Street, is believed to be the first ceremony in the states honoring returning U.S. soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Welcome Home Foundation organized the parade and funded it along with the non-profit organization, The Mission Continues.
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