DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Thousands lined the streets of downtown St. Louis Sunday to honor our countries military veterans. It was the 29th year for the St. Louis Veterans Parade. There was a stirring ceremony at Soldier’s Memorial before Saturday’s parade. A Marine father who served during the Vietnam era and his Army son who nearly died in Iraq were honored as the parade’s grand marshals.
The two share an un-shakable love of country. It’s obvious, their country loves them back.
Joshua Eckhoff, 28, was in the Army National Guard, assigned to find and destroy road-side bombs in Iraq. In 2008, one nearly destroyed him inside his armored vehicle. Eckhoff is the son of a Marine, who used to be involved with the parade and would bring young Josh to watch military helicopters arrive from a top Soldier’s Memorial.