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New York - Veterans Of Iraq War Say They Also Deserve Parade In City

Published on: February 7, 2012 12:14 PM
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FILE - oldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division perform a security check on their vehicles near the Kuwaiti border as part of the last U.S. military convoy to leave Iraq, 18 December 2011.  EPAFILE - oldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division perform a security check on their vehicles near the Kuwaiti border as part of the last U.S. military convoy to leave Iraq, 18 December 2011.  EPA

New York - The New York Giants are showered with confetti and greeted by throngs as they are feted with the city’s most storied honor: a parade through its Canyon of Heroes.

But all the fanfare — the parade this week is the fourth since 2000 to honor a sports team — has touched off anger and unease among some returned Iraq veterans, who are eagerly awaiting their own recognition.

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“Everybody recognizes that the Giants deserve a parade,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. But, he added, “If a football team gets a parade, shouldn’t our veterans?”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has long expressed his regret that the United States did not do a better job honoring veterans of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, has cited advice from the Pentagon in deciding it was not appropriate to hold a parade while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan.

But a growing coalition of veterans, elected officials and other public figures are disagreeing, saying it is time to celebrate the men and women who served in Iraq.

Leslie H. Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former correspondent for The New York Times and a board member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called the Pentagon’s position “supercilious sensitivity” and “Washington-think.”

“Celebrating the Iraqi vets doesn’t negate a future celebration for the Afghan vets or deny that we’re still at war,” Mr. Gelb said, adding that “if we had to wait to honor our servicemen and women until wars were over, that would take a long time.”

And former Mayor Edward I. Koch, who in 1981 was the host of a “ticker-tape” parade for American hostages released from Iran over the objection of Alexander M. Haig Jr., then secretary of state, said he thought a parade for Iraq veterans was important and timely. Mr. Koch, who also hosted a belated parade for Vietnam War veterans in 1985, said the Pentagon was making “a political decision” that he termed “ridiculous.”

“It’s not premature,” he said. “I believe that a parade is required, is necessary, and New York City is the place to have it.”

But the Defense Department, noting that American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan, says it is too soon for a celebration with the recognition and symbolism of a New York City parade.

Col. David Lapan, a spokesman for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “We simply don’t think a national-level parade is appropriate while we continue to have America’s sons and daughters in harm’s way.”

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 12:34 PM krauszefraim Says:

.They are right. Since when did sports athletes sacrifice themselves for their country? They don't. They make millions and laugh at all us clowns that follow them and their games. Wake up and smell the coffee Bloomberg. They deserve a parade a million times more than the NJ Giants.

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM Anonymous Says:

why no support for our vets? they deserve more than a bunch of guys chasing a ball...

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM Anonymous Says:

We've already had enough of the premature celebrations when Bush "W" dressed up in his aviator's jacket and flew on to the deck of an aircraft carrier to a big "Mission Acomplished" backdrop. Well, several thousand bodies of brave Americans later, the mission is still ongoing and those who want to march in a parade can wait until the circus comes to town.

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM yosefben Says:

I am a combat veteran and the greatest thanks I receive everyday is knowing HKBH used that experience to bring me back to the truth of our Holy Torah. I joined the military knowing all of the ramifications and don't need or want a parade - it was not a decision made looking for gratitude.

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM Avreich1 Says:

I find all this affection and sympathy for the members of the United States' armed forces that served in Afghanistan genuinely touching.

What a pity that some of our fellow contributors right here on VIN cannot find it in their hearts to feel exactly the same way about the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM 5TResident Says:

They are right. There was a parade for the vets of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. I watched the parade from the roof of a building on Broadway.

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM Mark Levin Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

We've already had enough of the premature celebrations when Bush "W" dressed up in his aviator's jacket and flew on to the deck of an aircraft carrier to a big "Mission Acomplished" backdrop. Well, several thousand bodies of brave Americans later, the mission is still ongoing and those who want to march in a parade can wait until the circus comes to town.

My my my are you uninformed. The mission accomplished sign had NOTHING to do with the president!!!!!!!!!!! It was for the ship because their mission was accomplished so get your facts straight!

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 Feb 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #1  
krauszefraim Says:

.They are right. Since when did sports athletes sacrifice themselves for their country? They don't. They make millions and laugh at all us clowns that follow them and their games. Wake up and smell the coffee Bloomberg. They deserve a parade a million times more than the NJ Giants.

Good comments...when have some of these great sports heroes gone over to visit our troops...same with the Hollywood leftists.

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