To parade or not parade

To parade or not to parade, Citizen Warrior by Tiffany Madison for Communities @WashingtonTimes.com

DALLAS, TX, February 11, 2012 – As New York City and Foxboro, Massachusetts hoped to celebrate a Super Bowl win with a ticker-tape parade for their football champions, Paul Rieckhoff, accomplished Army veteran and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) issued a press release titled “If the Giants or Pats get a parade, shouldn’t Iraq vets?” His plea for a National Day of Action calls on the White House and mayors nationwide to coordinate a massive day of parades and community “resource villages” for Iraq War veterans. The idea of a parade for veterans of Iraq has ignited a controversy for both veteran and civilian communities, resurrecting complicated feelings.

Naturally, many politicians are in full support; parades are easy commitments. “This is not a victory celebration,” said Vincent Ignizio of The New York City Council. “This is a welcome home of a massive amount of troops that are coming home that served us with honor and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidate agrees, “Whether that’s a ticker tape parade, or whether it’s a special ceremony somewhere else, welcoming our troops home is something they deserve.” Though the White House has sided with the Department of Defense’s comments that national parades were inappropriate while wars continue abroad, should momentum continue it would be wise to switch positions for political advantage. Nationwide fanfare celebrating the end of the Iraq War would surely remind voters which candidate brought the troops home in an election year.

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