Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes

CHICAGO – Members of Chicago Coast Guard units participate in “Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes” parade in downtown Chicago, Dec. 15, 2012. The parade helped welcome home and pay tribute to veterans who served during Post 9-11 wars. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf



 “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were
treated and appreciated by their nation.”

With those words from George Washington, the City of Broad Shoulders hosted the “Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes” parade on Dec. 15, 2012 for veterans of post 9-11 wars while continuing to show support for troops currently involved in conflicts around the world.

The two-day event began in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, at 9:11 a.m. at the Thompson Center Plaza, with the reading of 6,525 names representing those killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A color guard from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the Coast Guard Recruiting Office Chicago helped lead the parade. Meanwhile, others from the MSU and Stations Calumet Harbor and Wilmette Harbor participated on the Coast Guard float while a boatcrew from Station Calumet Harbor trailored a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

The event included units representing all five service branches, veterans groups, members of ROTC units, the famous Shannon Rovers Bag Pipe band, and a band from Great Lakes Naval Training Center.


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