2,000 marchers muster for Philly’s first parade honoring vets

    The event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, 50th Anniversary of Vietnam and 25th Anniversary of Dessert Storm. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    The event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, 50th Anniversary of Vietnam and 25th Anniversary of Dessert Storm. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    More than 2,000 participants representing nearly 200 organizations marched through Center City on Sunday for Philadelphia’s first veterans parade.

    They were joined by elected local, state and federal officials, including Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, U.S. Reps. Chaka Fattah and Bob Brady, and current and recently elected City Council members.

    The event marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm.

    The parade marched past City Hall and down East Market Street to Independence Mall, where ceremonies and speeches took place. Members of the All Veterans Parachute Team dropped in with a 30-by-60-foot American flag.

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