After nine years of fighting in Iraq, American soldiers are coming home and the city of Houston will welcome them and thank them for their tireless efforts in defending the United States of America. Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker, along with Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane, announced the celebration will involve a parade in downtown.On April 7 at 4 p.m., the Welcome Home Vets parade will begin at Texas and San Jacinto streets in downtown Houston and continue right inside Minute Maid Park. The parade will prelude the Astros game.
According to reports, the city of Houston has one of the largest veterans populations in the country. Mayor Parker and Crane felt it was fitting to celebrate America’s veterans while getting ready to watch America’s favorite pastime. The Astros are working in partnership with the city’s veteran’s affairs program to provide free tickets to the game for all of the uniformed parade participants and their immediate families. Iraq veterans interested in the free tickets to the Astros baseball game should contact the Houston Veteran’s Affairs Office. The Astros are also offering discount tickets for other family members and friends, as well as other veterans organizations. For more information, visit the Astros baseball website. With the soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan, Parker promised a parade for them when the time comes.