After Gulf War, a Homecoming Parade

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Tom Brokaw/Stan Bernard
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U.S. troops who served in Operation Desert Storm return home in triumph to a ticker-tape parade in New York City in front of 4.5 million spectators -- a sharp contrast to what soldiers returning from the Vietnam War experienced.



"After Gulf War, a Homecoming Parade." Stan Bernard, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 10 June 1991. NBC Learn. Web. 17 January 2015.


Bernard, S. (Reporter), & Brokaw, T. (Anchor). (1991, June 10). After Gulf War, a Homecoming Parade. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from


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After Gulf War, a Homecoming Parade

Tom Brokaw, anchor:

It was called “Operation Welcome Home,” today's blizzard of confetti and cheers along New York's lower Broadway--a one-mile long, four-hour celebration for the men and women of “Operation Desert Storm.” There were some protesters, but for most New Yorkers, this was a long awaited chance to cheer something. NBC's Stan Bernard tonight.

STAN BERNARD reporting:

Lower Broadway, the financial district. A canyon created by money was again a canyon of heroes. The three grand marshals, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, and a New York native, General Colin Powell, led the way to receive the cheers and begin the littering on a grand scale. Over 4.5 million spectators. Tons of ticker tape and confetti rained on the marchers, more than half of whom served in the war against Iraq. No matter how dispassionate one tried to be about this parade, it is difficult not to be moved by the sight of the 24,000 marchers and the cheers that welcomed them to New York.

Unidentified Woman #1: A very special thing that these guys did for us and I think they deserve something. I think we have some making up to do.

BERNARD: The rough treatment of Vietnam veterans was fresh in many minds; and a contingent of Vietnam veterans marched in this parade.

Unidentified Woman #2: And I think just with what happened with Vietnam we need to tell everyone that we really supported them.

BERNARD: There were two groups of anti-war protesters, and an attempt to break through police lines to disrupt the parade. They were overwhelmed by the police and sentiment of the crowd. There was a display of military hardware, and a few New Yorkers wondered if this jet would make it out of town before it was stolen and sold for parts. In this financially hard-pressed city, it was a parade that was privately paid for and a surplus of at least a half a million dollars will go to support families of casualties of the war. But this was a celebration that so many came home alive and well. Stan Bernard, NBC News, New York.