Washington So Far Wary Of ‘Canyon Of Heroes’ Parade To Honor Iraq War Veterans

Sources: Military Doesn't Want Victory Dance Endangering Troops Around World

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Now that the war in Iraq is officially over two local lawmakers are calling on New York City to honor those who fought there with a ticker tape parade down the “Canyon of Heroes.”

But, as CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, there seems to be some resistance in Washington.

After the first Gulf War the city honored the men and women who fought there with a parade.

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Now, two Staten Island councilmen want to do the same thing for those who participated in “Operation: Iraqi Freedom.”

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“We all love our veterans and we all should honor them and say what a great job they did and memorialize those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Republican Councilman Vincent Ignizio.

“To have a chance to honor them, I, for one, would want to be there to see the looks on their faces as the adulation sort of reverberates down that canyon,” added fellow Republican James Oddo.

“I think it would be an amazing thing.”

The parade for the first Gulf War cost the city $5.2 million, most of which was covered by private donations. The councilmen said the same thing should be done here. The idea is getting huge support from veterans.

“They deserve it. What they’ve done for us, keeping us protected and safe, I think it should be done. They would appreciate it. A lot of veterans would appreciate it,” retired Marine Denis Tobin said.

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Jack Semich runs the Staten Island Homeport Project, which for the past nine years has sent care packages to men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Let’s consider what they’ve done here. I mean they have stepped out in front of harm’s way and served. Some of them have been back there six and seven times. That’s more time than most World War II veterans spent in battle,” Semich said.

“We should step up and tell them were proud of you.”

Sources told Kramer that the mayor’s office has been in talks with the Pentagon about a parade, but military officials are afraid that a celebration in the Canyon of Heroes could seem like a victory dance that could endanger out troops in other parts of the world.

Negotiations between NYC and the Pentagon are on-going.

We’d like to know what you think of the idea. Take our poll, and sound off in our comments section below.

  • Rodin

    Enough parades. Save the money for where it’s needed.

  • Joe

    If the city wants to conduct a parade (and Bloomberg coughs up some money for it) that’s fine, but how about a Veteran’s Recognition ceremony at City Hall (which hasn’t been done since Gifford Miller was Speaker); how about some REAL funding in the city’s budget for Veteran services and not the bare minimum and how about letting Councilmember Eugene conduct some REAL Veteran Committee hearings. I would bet that veterans would appreciate these things a bit more. PS – Councilmembers writing about holding a parade for veterans is not new. Speaker Quinn wrote the same thing last year in the New York Post with the same headline!

  • Al D.

    a wast of mney , give me a break look at all the countrys we give money to and you tell me it is a waste of money to support our kids for keeping us safe, iam a vetnam vet and i joined because we were need and came home to got spit at , the u.s. need us and most of us went, just think if nobody went there wood be no u.s. will they need something to show how much it means what they did, all you guys that say no did you fight for your country, or were you home fighting traffic when are kids were buting there life on the line

  • Wolf

    The salary a serviceman receives is nothing compared to fighting in a war that your government sends you to fight with or without good reason and then having to watch your best friends die and lose limbs. Something a simple as a parade for fellow Americans to say Thank You leaves a mark that dollars cannot buy and lets these men and women who serve our fine country know that we really do respect them and that we truly are grateful for the sacrafices they continue to make. I for one say let’s give them the biggest parade ever.

  • mj

    the sad thing is one year from now it will be like we never even stepped foot in iraq … it will be OLD business as usual




      It is an all VOLUNTEER armed forces. They willingly sacrificed for our country, we owe them our gratitude for volunteering to do what most cowards like you wouldn’t do.

      • Michael H.

        I don’t know why you’re highlighting “volunteer”. They are most certainly paid for their time, and when sent overseas are paid even more. Our services are “volunteer” in that they are not a conscripted army. Service is not compulsory like it is in countries like Israel where everyone is required to serve for a few years. Every single Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine is paid for their service.

        • T DESMOND

          Because they knowingly put themselves in harms way….which means they choose to put their bodies in harms way. For this choice, a choice many Americans take for granted…maybe a little thanks is in order?

          But if you want to argue semantics that is your choice.

          • Michael H.

            I actually agree with you on that point. I apologize that I mistook your comment’s meaning for something else.

    • RT

      They don’t get paid much. What did you do?

  • michaelfury

    “let them carry the vision of their mom or dad adorned with laurels for the rest of their life”


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  • michaelfury

    “There’s a picture of the World Trade Center hanging up by my bed and I keep one in my Kevlar [flak jacket]. Every time I feel sorry for these people I look at that. I think, ‘They hit us at home and, now, it’s our turn.’ I don’t want to say payback but, you know, it’s pretty much payback.”


  • ace11

    The fact that our troops have left Iraq…is a DISGRACE

    that region is hardly stable

    this president can’t spell troops…

    He is a total DISASTER and hopefully has 1 more year left

    • Rodin

      The DISGRACE and DISASTER, ass11, are that we went into Iraq at all in a war America got dumbed into, giving up on Afghanistan and the bin Laden problem Obama finally resolved.

    • Michael H.

      Why blame Obama for a deal Bush cut? Obama tried to negotiate to have troops stay there longer but Iraq would not grant our troops immunity so he was forced to withdraw them. Learn your facts before you mouth off and make yourself sound foolish.

      • Annemarie D

        obama voted against more troops going to iraq in the first place, and one other thing the president of iraq wanted them to stay..NOBAMA obama administration says no parade because hes afraid of what they will think about us he is a communist thank you

        • nrichard

          communist? really? Lady, you need to look the word up and use it in a sentence because you obviously are spewing rhetoric without knowing the definitions of words. I really do hope you all get your wish for another idiotic republican president and then i hope that you all lose your jobs, your homes, your pensions and your savings…..because that is what millions of people lost because of G.W.Bush – wake up!

          • Rodin

            In these times and place, historically illiterate, amnesiac America, “Communist” has become generic for “bad guy” with few, if any, having the slightest clue as to what a Communist is.



  • MikeBrooklyn

    It will be WW2 all over again, except this time you would have a photo of two guys kissing!

    • midi-man

      Koch and Bloomberg in times square. NOW THAT WOULD BE A TIMES FRONT PAGE!

  • Scott

    It should not be a question of “if” but “when”. No doubt a parade is in order and the turnout should be second to none. I watched the Vetern Day’s Parade and I was saddened to see the crowd was by far, the smallest of all the parades going down 5th Avenue in 2011. Ignizio has it right, honoring these men and women is in order.

  • Reed

    Certainly not a waste of money, but in these financial times maybe those who somehow made money off the war should pay for it. I’m sure Bloomberg is one of those. Since it is his city and can surely afford it, then maybe he should foot the bill. Instead, he is probably delaying the parade until he plans how he can maximize profit from it. Typical jew.

  • rich

    waste of money in this economic enviroment.

    • John

      Obamacare is a waste of money. Honoring our soldiers is not.

      Get your head out of your @ss.

      • rich

        I agree obamacare is a waste of money too. My point of view its a waste of money when there is a veteran’s day parade also that honors troops. That money can be used in a more productive way to help the veterans through health, living, and job assistance. I would know that because I am a veteran myself who has difficulty finding employment.

      • PaPa Joe

        Well said, John, well said.

  • Jean

    The parade would not be honoring the war but supporting the soldiers who gave their all and made it home again. Showing them we were pulling for them and are happy it’s over and they are safe. It would also be a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to show their loved ones they will not be forgotten. The cost shouldn’t matter. If we can throw tickertape parades for grown men who play a game for a living, we can certainly show the servicemen and women how important we think they are

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