February 6th, 2012
10:17 AM ET
By Barbara Starr
The White House plans to hold a formal dinner in the coming weeks honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, a senior DOD official has confirmed. He declined to be identified pending a formal White House announcement.
The official said the dinner for some 200 people will include military personnel of all ranks, but the focus will be on enlisted personnel who served in Iraq. The dinner comes as the veteran’s advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has been pressing for a ticker tape parade to specifically honor veterans of the Iraq war.
The senior official said top US military officers are opposing holding a parade for the Iraq war, “while there are still troops in harms way,” fighting in Afghanistan. “A New York city style ticker tape parade has come to represent a major national tribute,” the official said.
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