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St. Louis hosts 1st big parade on Iraq War's end

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.So, two friends from St. Louis decided to change that. They sought donations, launched a Facebook page, met with the mayor and mapped a route. On Saturday, hundreds of veterans are expected to march in downtown St. Louis in the nation's first big welcome home parade since the last troops left Iraq in December.\It struck me that there was this debate going on as to whether there should or shouldn't be a parade