CBS News filed this AP report:
“Thousands of people lining downtown streets cheered wildly as veterans, some wiping away tears, marched through St. Louis on Saturday during the nation’s first big welcome-home parade for Iraq War veterans.
Several hundred veterans, many dressed in camouflage, walked alongside military vehicles, marching bands and even the Budweiser Clydesdales. People in the crowd held signs reading “Welcome Home” and “God Bless Our Troops,” and fire trucks with aerial ladders hoisted three huge American flags along the route.
“It’s not necessarily overdue. It’s just the right thing,” said Maj. Rich Radford, who became a symbol of the event thanks to a photo of his young daughter taking his hand while welcoming him home from his second tour in Iraq in 2010.
Since the war ended, there has been little fanfare for returning veterans aside from gatherings at airports and military bases no ticker-tape parades or large public celebrations so two friends from St. Louis decided to change that.”
How about Yelm hosting parade for Iraq War vets?
Mayor Harding and city leaders have been on a public relations blitz recently touting the physical improvements to Yelm that include:
– the library remaining at the current location
– new sidewalks and crosswalks
– realignment of Mossman Rd.
– upgrade to downtown well
However, let’s not lose the focus of a viable community – it’s our people!
The emphasis on all of the physical improvements from City Hall should not shove social issues here to the back-burner, as was recently identified with the homeless situation. That did not grow here overnight.
The military are a large part of the fabric of life here.
After-all, several times previously and in the Pierce County Business Examiner last week, Mayor Harding said the growth here is attributed to the military:
A lot of support continues to be at the local level. And the military market continues to grow. They enjoy the rural setting and their dollars buy a lot more than in DuPont or Lakewood.
HASN’T THE TIME COME FOR A PARADE FOR THIS AREA’S RETURNING IRAQ VETERANS?
AND, NOT JUST ON PATRIOT’S DAY IN SEPTEMBER!
LET’S JOIN ST. LOUIS IN CELEBRATING OUR RETURNING VETS WITH THE HONOR THEY DESERVE!