New York City has thrown ticker-tape parades along the Canyon of Heroes for the Yankees and Giants in recent years. So what about a parade for some real heroes?
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she would like the city to honor the thousands of local heroes who have served in Iraq. But the question is when? Even though the military has pulled out big combat brigades from Iraq and President Obam declared major combat operations over, about 50,000 troops remain in harm's way in Iraq until at least the end of 2011.
Speaker Quinn, who did not support the war in Iraq, said a parade would not be about politics -- it would simply be the right thing to do to show appreciation for the sacrifice of so many Americans. She said she and Mayor Michael Bloomberg would work with veterans' groups to make the parade a reality at the appropriate time.