Mayor Bloomberg: No NYC parade for Iraq War vets

Jan 27, 2012, 11:22 PM

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there will be no city parade for Iraq War veterans in the foreseeable future because of objections voiced by military officials.

The mayor said on his Friday appearance on WOR Radio officials in Washington “think a parade would be premature while we still have so many troops in harm’s way around the world.”

Bloomberg says Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and other Army officials “made it clear” to the city “they do not think a parade is appropriate now.”

A Pentagon spokesman in December said the nation’s largest city had yet to make a formal proposal for a parade. He said officials were grateful communities were finding ways to recognize the sacrifices of troops and their families.

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Mayor Bloomberg: No NYC parade for Iraq War vets