Former Mayor Ed Koch Calls For ‘Canyon Of Heroes’ Parade For Iraq War Veterans

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With all the focus on the ticker-tape parade for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, former Mayor Ed Koch is calling for the city to honor Iraq War veterans with a “Canyon of Heroes” celebration.

“New York City should hold a parade for the veterans of Iraq, just as we held one when I was mayor for the veterans of Vietnam,” Koch told 1010 WINS.

The Pentagon has asked the city not to hold a parade while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed and decided to hold off on a parade honoring U.S. troops on the recommendation of the Pentagon.

“Those who say you should wait until the war in Afghanistan is over and have one parade for the two wars in my judgment are wrong,” Koch said. “The war in Afghanistan goes on, we don’t know for how long.”

Koch believes it is up to the city to green light a parade.

“The Pentagon did not want to leave Iraq, they wanted to stay there. We’re out of Iraq because the Iraqi asked us to leave,” Koch said. “I wouldn’t depend on the Pentagon to make the decision for when there should be a parade, that is up to New York City.”

In December, Staten Island councilmen Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo also called on the city to honor veterans with a parade through the Canyon of Heroes.

After the first Gulf War the city honored the men and women who fought there with a parade. The parade cost the city $5.2 million, most of which was covered by private donations.

Ignizio and James Oddo said the same thing should be done for those who participated in “Operation: Iraqi Freedom.”

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  • Michael H.

    A parade for our troops to celebrate “victory” in Iraq while we still have men and women on an active battlefield would be in terrible taste.

    Besides, the troops get a parade in their honor every year. It’s called Veteran’s Day! Every city in the country celebrates our brave men and women on that day.

  • Chris Platt

    I agree with Mayor Koch. As a veteran, I am ashamed to see the city put on a parade for a football team, while local veterans, returned from a war where they risked — and often lost — life and limb, get no recognition whatsoever. Mayor Bloomberg was wrong not to have a parade for the troops — they are REAL heroes and deserve better. Hooray for St. Louis, first big American city to honor their warriors.

    • Jean

      I’m with you Chris. I know more than a few Iraqi war veterans and I make it my business to thank them or their service. Why can’t all of New York do the same? Why must we wait? We waited a total of 2 days to throw a ticker-tape parade for a football team. I’m a Giants fan but I think Mayor Bloomberg has to get his priorities straight and stop catering to the whims of the idiots in Washington. The Pentagon should mind their own business do what we hired them to do. This is not it

    • Gulf War Vet

      I agree 100%…. boy do I miss Koch. Pretty sad way that we thank our veterans in this country. (Served in Desert Storm)

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    Ed Koch and Mayor Bloomberg support men interested in other mens rectums .

    • Dan Te

      How do you know?

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