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Parades planned for Iraq war vets

Two parades are in the works–one in the nation’s capital, and one in Richmond–to honor veterans of the Iraq war, and the thousands who didn’t make it home, or were injured.  Boeing Corp. is sponsoring the 2012 National Memorial Day Parade in D.C. It’s on May 28, 2 p.m. on Constitution Avenue. The war began in March 2003; President Obama announced the end of combat operations there in December.  Meanwhile, the war in Afganistan rages on. A press release for the D.C. parade notes: “With troops still deployed in Afghanistan, government officials have decided against holding a traditional welcome home parade for Iraq war veterans in Washington or New York in the near future….It is s imperative that we show our support and gratitude as a nation,” said James C. Roberts, president of the American Veterans Center, which founded and organized the parade. “Sadly, others in the country are not doing enough to honor these young men and women who have sacrificed family relationships, jobs, and economic stability to go off to fight for their country.” Read more here.

Richmond’s Welcome Home, parade, meanwhile, has raised $50,000 for that event, according to its website. That one’s planned for 10 a.m. on May 19, Armed Forces Day. It

will begin at Kensington and Boulevard, and proceed down Boulevard to

Byrd Park, ending at the Carillon.

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