Veterans Welcome Home Parade in Iowa

Welcome Home Parade

Scott County, Iowa, Gateway Chapter 776 members Edwin Hildebrand and Arthur Heydeman were the prime organizers of the May 21 Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade that started in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, crossed the Centennial Bridge, and ended at Veterans Park in Davenport, Iowa.

More than forty groups took part in the parade, which was led by a combined honor guard from Quad Cities Chapter 299 and Chapter 776. The U.S. Navy Marching Band from Great Lakes Naval Training Center took part, as did a color guard from the Marine Corps Detachment at Rock Island Arsenal.


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