As Iraq War ends, no parade for troops is imminent

By BEN NUCKOLS and SAMANTHA GROSS | December 27, 2011 | 2:33 PM EST

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2011 file photo, Sgt. Howard Acoff hugs his family as U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 3rd Brigade soldiers return home from deployment in Iraq at Fort Hood, Texas. These 3rd Brigade troops were in the last convoy to leave Iraq, as U.S. soldiers withdrew from the country. For now, there are no plans to hold a huge ticker-tape parade for troops returning from Iraq, no arrangements for a grand, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue homecoming of the sort America’s fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War. Instead, most welcomes have been smaller-scale: hugs from families at military posts across the country, a somber commemoration by President Barack Obama at Fort Bragg. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans won't be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq.

In fact, it's not clear if veterans of the nine-year campaign will ever enjoy the grand, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue homecoming that the nation's fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War.

Officials in New York and Washington say they would be happy to help stage a big celebration. But Pentagon officials say they haven't been asked to plan one.

Some think a big parade would be unseemly and premature. After all, tens of thousands of U.S. troops are still fighting in Afghanistan.

And many veterans of the Iraq War could end up getting sent back into battle in Afghanistan.