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PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands celebrate the end of the Iraq War in St. Louis parade

Saturday, January 28, 2012 | 9:24 p.m. CST; updated 11:30 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thousands of spectators attended a parade Saturday on Market Street in St. Louis that celebrated the end of the war in Iraq and honored the returning soldiers.

Thousands came out to St. Louis to welcome home veterans of the Iraq war and honor other veterans. Events started Friday with the reading of the names of fallen soldiers and ended with a parade Saturday afternoon.
Mizzou Student Veterans Association president Keith Widaman enjoys watching parade goers cheer walking the parade route on Market Street during the St. Louis' event honoring veterans. As a Marine, Widaman served eight years, being deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Somalia, Bangladesh and Haiti.
St. Louis resident Michael White holds an American flag on Market Street as apart of a citywide parade honoring veterans after the end of the Iraq War.
Miss Missouri Katie Kearney talks with veterans walking with the Vietnam Veterans of America float. The parade was the first citywide parade honoring veterans after America's military pullout of Iraq on Saturday in St. Louis.
Emily Bliss, 3, of Arnold, welcomes Iraq War veterans home with her family on Market Street in St. Louis.
Members of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association walk with The Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois float. The MSVA is a social and advocacy group at MU helping student veterans transition from service life to student life.

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