Parade In Pigeon Forge To Honor Vietnam Veterans

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

The “Welcome Home from Vietnam Parade” will honor Vietnam veterans at 1:30 p.m. on April 16 on Jake Thomas Road. The parade is part of a series of events by U.S. Tours “Welcome Home Vietnam.”

Adrian Cronauer, the Air Force sergeant who was the inspiration for the 1987 film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and Barry Rice, president of the Tennessee State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, are the grand marshals.

The U.S. Marine Corps Band will lead the parade, which will feature a variety of military-oriented units, civilian floats and groups honoring the veterans.

Almost 400 Vietnam veterans have registered to march while their families and friends watch the procession. Those registrants are from 24 states, stretching from Vermont to Texas to Oregon, and organizers expect more.

Among the parade participants are the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the AMVETS Post 104 Motorcycle Riders Club, Patriot Guard Riders, Tennessee Helping Hearts, the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters 596 and 1073.

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