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Thousands Turn Out For Welcome Home Parade For Iraq War Vets

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On Saturday, thousands turned out to honor those brave men and women who who served in Iraq. Houston’s “Welcome Home Parade” was held with sunny skies, warm temperatures and patriotic music as a backdrop.

Family members of soldiers who were killed in the war were also in attendance at the parade. The weekend parade began at the intersection of Texas Avenue and San Jacinto Street ended at Minute Maid Park, where an on-field ceremony took place before the Astros game began.

With Houston having one of the largest veterans populations in the country, many saw Saturday’s parade as an opportunity to say “thank you” to veterans who served abroad.

Astros owner spoke of the love the United States of America and the city of Houston has for veterans: “America and our military have always had a special place in the heart of baseball fans throughout the country and especially here in Houston,” Crane said.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker was at the parade and said that those fighting in for the soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan, Mayor Parker promised a parade for them as well:
“I am looking forward to the day when we can say thanks to those who have been in Afghanistan”, Parker said.

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