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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Absolutely yes. Regardless of what people feel about the wars these people volunteered and fought, we at least should do something to show thanks and a parade is a fantastic vehicle for that. I agree with Stillballin that it should be a welcome home parade, nothing more or less.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Yes we should let them march on Veterans Day or Memorial Day with the other vets.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    SHOULD WE HAVE WELCOME HOME PARADES FOR IRAQ VETS
    If cities and towns want to do this, then great! By all means, have a parade.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Yes we should let them march on Veterans Day or Memorial Day with the other vets.
    No, a seperate parade just for Iraq Vets. We know they do these parades. But, the tradition was, before Korea, to have parades for troops from specific theaters.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    The prep sucks, to be sure. However, it doesn't have to be as formal as you're putting it. The one in St Louis wasn't. And, isn't it the prep that makes it so much more than it is sometimes? I don't know if you guys do anything like this, but we do the Marine Corps Ball every year around Nov 10th. The prep sucks. You have to square your Dress Blues away, pay money to get your medals mounted, the dry cleaning bills, etc. But, when you get there, its all worth it. The comaraderie and esprit de corps at the Ball is second to none. All the prep is worth it for the show. I think that would be the case for a parade. No Marine, soldier, sailor, or airman is going to say they want a parade because most of us are too humble to ask for it. Most of us will say we have better stuff to do or would rather hang at home. But, when we actually do it, it's a great experience. Sort of like something the Navy and Marine Corps do called Fleet Week. We load a skeleton Marine Expeditionary Unit on an amphibious assault ship, port somewhere like Miami or New York, and allow civilians to come on the boat and see displays of our weapons, Marine Corps Martial Arts demos, etc. Horrible prep, great event.
    Great events deserve focused prep, I think. Of course, ours seems now to be a world in which even being invited to the White House doesn't seem to deserve a little extra thought and effort. (Remember when the Northwestern women's lacrosse team wore flip-flops to meet the President in 2005?)

    Military parades used to be a commonplace, but Vietnam changed that, I think. And displays of patriotism or, heaven forbid, "nationalism," aren't very fashionable. I hope, though, that any parades will be well-attended. I'd go if there were one in my community.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    BTW, don't you love when public polls are posted and people are too weak to make their vote public. There are 4 no votes and only 1, jamesrage, made his public. Bravo to jamesrage for taking ownership of something he knew wouldn't be popular.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by stsburns View Post
    If you have ever met an Iraq War vets (friends with many). They just want to know that they didn't fight for nothing. That is the reason many go or sometimes the extra "combat pay." I think a war veteran every time I see one. I say: "Thank You." "You know you didn't have to go." "But thanks!" They smile and we talk! It's quite and enlightening experience.
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Personally, I think this is a must for our country. Yes, there is a possibility of redeployment to Afghanistan, but those are two different wars. I think every major city should have one of these. Bravo to St Louis for leading the way on this and allowing one to happen. I would like to hear others thoughts on this. Also, if there are any that think we shouldn't have them and why.
    Below is a story about the St Louis parade.
    St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War's end - Yahoo! News
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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    i think they should have a parade,if nothing else just to recognize the veterans.ive never been to iraq but i was sent to afghanistan and very few people in this country have no idea what its like to set up tents in sand dunes and live in them for a year,eat food alot of third world countries wouldnt eat,(the locals where i was stationed wouldnt eat our food and neither would the stray dogs until we got civilian contractors cooking for us).lets not mention the pay they recieve,getting paid around 30k average to be deployed for a year is terrible pay,and the only ones who can get any money at the end are single soldiers with no bills.

    if anyone thinks a parade is out of order just think of the sacrifice each soldier gives and what little they get in return,because of all the military we have,makes up less than 1% of the population,and i think that thanking them would be a good thing since they do what over 99% choose not to do.

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    Re: Welcome home parade for iraq war vets.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I am not too sure a welcome home parade would be good. I couldn't picture anyone who has spent a year in war zone would want to go get their uniform squared away, go through countless inspections just to make sure their uniforms are squared away, and go through a couple of parade rehearsals that involve a lot of hurry up and wait just be forced to participate in some parade so that gawking civilians can feel good about themselves. I never been deployed to combat when I was soldier but I do know from experience that for a lot of soldiers it sucks ass getting your uniform squared away,having to go through what seems like countless inspections and having to go early as possible to rehearsals so you can stand there for a couple of hours in formation waiting for the rehearsal to start. I think the best way to thank the troops is to send them booze,maybe find out what restaurants are around the bases and give gift cards to those restaurants, Or maybe those care packages. I think what these people would want to do is spend some time with family and friends and relax a bit.
    Oh put your uniform on and join the parade.
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