As Iraq War Ends, No Parade For Troops Is Imminent

By: AP
By: AP
Americans won


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans won't be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq.

In fact, it's not clear if veterans of the nine-year campaign will ever enjoy the grand, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue homecoming that the nation's fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War.

Officials in New York and Washington say they would be happy to help stage a big celebration. But Pentagon officials say they haven't been asked to plan one.

Some think a big parade would be unseemly and premature. After all, tens of thousands of U.S. troops are still fighting in Afghanistan.

And many veterans of the Iraq War could end up getting sent back into battle in Afghanistan.

[What do you think? Should the end of the campaign in Iraq be marked with a parade? Tell us in our comments section.]

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  • by Jennifer Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Yes, I think that we should celebrate the ending of Iraq to pay tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price while serving and to honor those who served in Iraq. Though Afghanistan continues and Soldiers will continue to deploy many have served honorably have moved on from the Military. We owe it to our Soldiers and their families to honor their service to America and Iraq.
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