The city of East St. Louis and East St. Louis School District 189 will celebrate Olympic silver medal winner Dawn Harper with a parade at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The parade will begin at 1005 State St. in East St. Louis and conclude at the Clyde C. Jordan Stadium. A program will immediately follow at noon. Dawn Harper will be in attendance.
"Our goal is to show her much of the same respect and appreciation that she has earned from citizens across the country right here in her hometown -- the Greater East St. Louis community," said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. "We are excited to be honoring one of our own."
The parade culminates a week-long celebration in East St. Louis where citizens displayed the American flag on houses, businesses and other areas in the city.
In addition to Harper, those in attendance will include Parks, East St. Louis School District Superintendent Arthur R. Culver, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, Olympian Jackie-Joyner-Kersee and City of St. Louis License Collector Michael McMillan.
Harper, an East St. Louis native, earned a Silver Medal in the Women's 100 Meter Hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This is Harper's second Olympic medal, as she earned a Gold Medal at the Beijing 2008 Games.