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An iconic that is to say American image I was looking down it.
US soldiers from World War II honored with a huge ticker tape parade when they came home I believe that's New York City.
There was also -- parade marking the end of the Persian gulf war so why is the idea of a parade for our heroes who fought in Iraq controversial we were talking about this yesterday.
Chris right now -- Vietnam vet also -- parade to welcome home troops.
Gulf war troops -- is John weekly he joins us live from.
Dallas good morning you John.
Good morning you were the executive producer of the south with stars and stripes salute for gulf war troops when they came home from gulf war one -- chip.
How was -- have we had the largest celebration in the country.
We had people -- all of this -- Russia the United States a number of troops involved.
And we have a number of diplomats who were from the coalition country so I was quite a celebration.
It sounds like it well.
Yesterday on this program we were talking about how there -- a lot of you know the the Pentagon hasn't asked yet for a parade and does sound like the White House wants wine.
It because nobody wants to take a victory lap.
Here's Rick Perry run for president on how he feels that a lack of parade would be disrespectful.
It really disturbs me that nearly after nine years of war in Iraq.
That this president -- welcome home -- many heroes with a simple parade in their honor.
Okay so a simple parade in their honor is is what a lot of people would like to see John.
And you say you don't need the okay of the Pentagon you just need somebody to start organizing right explain that.
I think these parades -- organized summit community basis and if a community wants to have a parade or some other kind of celebration.
-- van and they can certainly do that you do need the cooperation the Pentagon to get things like flowers color guards and of course the the military -- -- -- terribly important and if you want units to march in the parade.
Then you've got to have their permission but but eventually -- pentagon doesn't initiate these are initiated.
The local level.
So we need somebody to -- -- somebody say okay let's have a New York City here let's have it in Washington or somewhere somebody to get the ball rolling.
And then what you've got the financing tonight I think your parade -- some like five million dollars.
Then you contacted the Pentagon and say okay we need since.
That that's exactly right and I -- frankly I find no fault in the message that we send to our troops -- were still in harm's way.
Those around the the world who are potentially in harm's way to their families to our allies.
And frankly to our adversaries who don't like this in their privacy in the many guys who don't like each other for -- that were not hesitant to support our troops and show them.
That we appreciate their -- and sacrifice right and that of their families and John when you return from Vietnam no parade.
Well we didn't have a bright bit you know the city of Dallas which is an extraordinarily patriotic city.
Did stage area welcome home the troops.
Event at the cotton ball we have Bob Hope band that last night and it it was wonderful -- be to be thanked and that way and I thought it was I was a great thing for the city to do each.
You're absolutely but it would be nice to have a national scale parade so if somebody who is -- right now and wants to organize it and get the ball Roland.
Let us know John weekly digits that and we thank him very much for service and for joining us today.
From Dallas thank you W.
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