Bloomberg: No Iraq War Veterans Parade in Foreseeable Future

Mayor says Army brass has raised objections to a parade at this time

Friday, Jan 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:12 PM EDT
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Mayor  Bloomberg says there will be no New York City parade for Iraq War veterans in the foreseeable future because of objections voiced by military officials.

On his Friday appearance on WOR Radio, the mayor said that 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 that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and other Army officials "made it clear" to the city that "they do not think a parade is appropriate now."

In December, a Pentagon spokesman said New York 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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