QC Vietnam Anniversary Parade
As the US marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, some local veterans are planning an event for the Quad Cities. A Bi-state Commemorative Parade will be held on May 21, from Rock Island to Davenport.
The chairman, Ed Hildebrand of Davenport, says his goal is to honor the soldiers who didn't come home, including those killed in action and missing in action, and their families.
A year and-a-half ago he began contacting businesses, schools, colleges, military, and veterans organizations from Burlington to Dubuque. So far ten have committed to entering floats in the parade, and the Great Lakes Navy Marching Band will participate. And he's hoping to hear from many more.
Hildebrand served in Vietnam with the Air Force in 1971 and '72.
The Pentagon has told him this will be the only two-state parade in the anniversary celebrations, and it will be followed by a music festival on the Davenport riverfront.