2:37 pm Dec. 28, 2011
After the New Year holiday, New York City officials will take another look at whether to have a parade for Iraq War veterans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today.
Speaking to reporters in City Hall this morning about year-end safety figures, Bloomberg was asked about the fact that no parade is planned, which prompted protests from councilmembers Jimmy Oddo and Vinny Ignizio.
Bloomberg said the city is talking to "people in the military" and "with military experts." Then the mayor outlined a couple of concerns about a possible parade: that it might endanger troops serving in the field, and some soldiers who fought in Iraq won't be around to take part in it.
"As you may have read, there is some controversy in that some people think that it would put some troops in jeopardy," he said, adding, "Some people think that an awful lot of the troops that, thank God, come back safely from Iraq, are going to be redeployed to Afghanistan, [so] that it might not be the appropriate time."