Events set to Honor Veterans

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The roughly 2.5 million veterans who have served our country since the September 11th terror attacks will receive a large show of gratitude over the course of two days.

A volunteer group, “Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes,” will hold a rememberance and a parade. The events are scheduled to mark the one-year anniversary of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq.

“It’s a community building event in which all of these Chicagoans can come together and say ‘Hey listen, some of our neighbors, some of our brothers and sisters, our moms, our friends, they’re literally coming home this week from hell on earth, a battleground, and this is our opportunity to say welcome home, we’re glad you’re back,'” said organizer Christopher De Phillips.

  • Friday, December 14th
  • Reading of the Fallen Ceremony
  • James R. Thompson Center Plaza
  • 9:11 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 15
  • Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes Parade
  • Columbus Drive, between Balbo and Monroe
  • 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, December 15
  • Veterans Resource Reception
  • Grand Army of the Republic Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
  • Immediately following the parade 2:00 pm – 6:00pm

Veterans groups and individual veterans who would like to participate in the parade will find a registration form at:

All events are free and open to the public. But, organizers say while the city supports this event, it is not funded by the city, and private donations and sponsorships are what will make it a success.

This story was written by WGN-TV News Writer C. Hayes.soldier

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