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Steel City Salutes the Troops

  • Published
  • By Airman 1st Class Allyson Manners
  • 171 ARW/PA
The 171st Air Refueling Wing has joined with Point State Park and numerous other agencies to host Steel City Salutes the Troops, the region's first interactive military and community outreach project, to celebrate local military history and relevance to the public.

The event, scheduled for November 8, 2014, is designed to bring military members from past, present and future, members of the surrounding community and military support agencies together. It was inspired by Philadelphia's event, Fox 29's Salute to Troops, also a Pennsylvania National Guard initiative.

Steel City Salutes the Troops will open to the public at 10:00 a.m., with main events beginning after Pittsburgh's annual Veterans Day Parade concludes that morning. The parade route ends just outside the entrance to Point State Park, the event site. The event is set to conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Major General Wesley Craig, The Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, will be the parade's Grand Marshall and will provide opening comments for the festivities after the parade concludes.

Numerous displays and other interactive stations will be shown during the event, giving attendees an up-close look at military equipment, personnel and history.
Pittsburgh Steelers Alumni, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot will be on site. There will also be military and veteran-owned businesses and support agencies on-hand to highlight the products and services they have to offer the community.

Additionally, the well-renowned 28th Infantry Division Band, Pennsylvania's oldest music performance group, will be playing at the event, as well as playing in the parade.

Space for Steel City Salutes the Troops has been donated by the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.

For information on signing up as an exhibitor for the event, please go to