Posted on January 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM
(KMOV) – Parade organizers of the Welcome Home Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan say that the parade on Saturday is the first of its kind in the nation.
Organizers are hoping hundreds if not thousands of veterans and their families will gather by Kiener Plaza for the welcome home march.
Veterans walking in the parade will gather at Broadway and Clark at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will travel from Broadway and Market down to Union Station.
Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to help and $25 donations are paying for the parade. There will be 75 floats, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and marching bands.
Fifty organizations will have booths set up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Resource Village at Union Station.
There will also be entertainment on Union Station’s main stage from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The names of more than 6,500 servicemen and servicewomen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan will read aloud at Soldier’s Memorial beginning at 9:11 a.m. The vigil is expected to take 12 hours to complete.