Welcome home parade honors military - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Welcome home parade honors military

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's Armed Forces Day. Thousands of people honored our veterans coming home from war, and those who've served in past conflicts.

It was a great opportunity for some veterans looking for career and health services they may have never known about.

It was also an emotional day for families as they remembered their kids who served for our country who they will never see again.

Everyone marched to the beat of the same drum as the parade went down Boulevard to Byrd Park. Thousands of people are welcoming home America's troops. Candy Martin never got that chance.

"We got that dreadful knock on the door that he wasn't coming home," said Martin.

She's honoring her only son, a 27-year-old sniper platoon leader, who died in friendly fire just before he was due to come home in 2007. She's an American Gold Star Mother who joined the other moms who have also lost their sons or daughters in service.

"Alot of people were trying to figure out what they were," Martin noted. "They looked quizzical. When they figured it out, we saw several burst into tears. It touched my heart."

Martin and others in the parade saw tears, heard cheers as veterans saluted their fellow servicemen men and women on the route.

The parade ended at the Carillon where veterans could take advantage of resources. There are dozens of tents where veterans can receive career advice, legal advice, and other help they may need.

The Welcome Home the Heroes Organization started out of St. Louis. It's main goal is to offer resources for veterans returning from war.

"It gives me an idea of what's in the making," said Army Veteran, Steven McAlpin. "It's amazing to see all the resources together."

"It's good," said Army Captain Avery Evans. "It's opened up some possibilities I haven't thought of.  It's nice they take time to think about people who are struggling or in between jobs right now.

That's the purpose of the parade - to be the giant vehicle that guides veterans to the resources they need so they can live their own American dream.

This is the first time Richmond has hosted a welcome home parade of this kind. The next stop is in Chicago next weekend.

Find out more information on the Welcome Home Foundation. 

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Richmond Police identify victims in separate Saturday homicide cases

    Richmond Police identify victims in separate Saturday homicide cases

    Sunday, August 20 2017 12:49 PM EDT2017-08-20 16:49:45 GMT

    Richmond Police is working two homicide investigations that happened just miles apart and within 20 minutes of each other. The first deadly shooting happened just before 11:00 p.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Carmine Court. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. While officers were on the scene of the Carmine Court shooting, they were called to another scene in the 1400 block of Coalter Street. Once there, officers discovered a man with gunshot wounds in a sta...

    More >>

    Richmond Police is working two homicide investigations that happened just miles apart and within 20 minutes of each other. The first deadly shooting happened just before 11:00 p.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Carmine Court. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. While officers were on the scene of the Carmine Court shooting, they were called to another scene in the 1400 block of Coalter Street. Once there, officers discovered a man with gunshot wounds in a sta...

    More >>
  • VCU alerts campus to robbery on West Grace Street

    VCU alerts campus to robbery on West Grace Street

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:09:19 GMT
    File photo (Credit: Raycom Images)File photo (Credit: Raycom Images)
    Virginia Commonwealth University issued an alert about a robbery at the heart of its Monroe Park campus. Just after 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Richmond Police got a report of a robbery in an alley off the 800 block of West Grace Street, which is near several of the student dorms. According to police, the victim was approached by two suspects --- one of them stated, "Give me all your money or I will shoot you." The victim was forced to hand over his wallet, and the suspects rode ...More >>
    Virginia Commonwealth University issued an alert about a robbery at the heart of its Monroe Park campus. Just after 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Richmond Police got a report of a robbery in an alley off the 800 block of West Grace Street, which is near several of the student dorms. According to police, the victim was approached by two suspects --- one of them stated, "Give me all your money or I will shoot you." The victim was forced to hand over his wallet, and the suspects rode ...More >>
  • Multiple vehicles shot following pool party in Chesterfield neighborhood

    Multiple vehicles shot following pool party in Chesterfield neighborhood

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:02:09 GMT
    Chesterfield Police are trying to figure out what led to gunfire in a Chesterfield neighborhood Saturday night. Officers responded just before 11:00 p.m. to the 2200 block of Early Settlers Road and discovered multiple cars with bullet holes. According to investigators, a pool party had been going on at the time and there was a larger number of people in the neighborhood than normal. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. If you have any information that could help with the invest...More >>
    Chesterfield Police are trying to figure out what led to gunfire in a Chesterfield neighborhood Saturday night. Officers responded just before 11:00 p.m. to the 2200 block of Early Settlers Road and discovered multiple cars with bullet holes. According to investigators, a pool party had been going on at the time and there was a larger number of people in the neighborhood than normal. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. If you have any information that could help with the invest...More >>
Powered by Frankly