Saying ‘Thank You’ To Iraq Veterans

Nearly 4,500 U.S. military personnel gave their lives during the Iraq War. Now, it is over – officially, at least.

There are no plans to formally recognize those who served in the conflict.

Many veterans of the nine-year war have returned to civilian life. Most, we suspect, are simply glad to have returned home alive, though thousands were maimed in body and mind during the war.

In contrast with some of America’s wars, service men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have been welcomed home by their neighborhoods, communities and states.

That is not enough. Those who placed themselves in harm’s way served a nation that should express its gratitude.

Municipal officials in both Washington, D.C., and New York City say they would be delighted to stage a formal, national ceremony to thank Iraq War veterans.

But the Pentagon has said it has not been asked to plan such an event.

What an absurd situation. It seems bureaucratic niceties are in the way of doing the right thing.

There should be a formal thank-you, perhaps through a parade through Washington. It should be organized immediately.