While no one is saying that New Yorkers should not have celebrated the with a parade, there is some resentment and anger over the lack of such a party for the returning Iraqi war veterans.
The New York Times reports that today’s parade was the fourth since 2000 to honor a sports team. The Times’ Kate Taylor writes:
“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?”
The United States Defense Department has said that a celebration is too soon since American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan, according to Taylor’s article. And while Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he is eager to honor the veterans, he does not want to do so without a “green light” from Washington.
A local Patch reader sent in an email today regarding this issue. The Patch reader wrote:
"I understand that people need something to feel good about during what are hard times for many, and this Welcome Home! parade is one of those feel-good celebrations that reach across all economic classes. We need to feel good. The Giants played well, and earned the praise they are enjoying.
But a similar ticker tape parade was denied when the troops came back/are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan by that same city. In my mind's eye, denying a welcome home parade for those who have done their duty and may have sustained horrible injuries or died for their country for what they believe or to keep us all safe vs. a football game, for men and corporations, who are making millions doesn't seem right.”
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