Veterans Groups Protest Parade in Council Bluffs

Veterans Groups Protest Parade in Council Bluffs

By Meghan Matthews. CREATED May 17, 2014

Council Bluffs, IA - At least four veterans groups did not march in a Council Bluffs parade Saturday after event officials rejected a float.

At the Celebrate CB Parade in Bayliss Park protesters held a giant sign in support Vietnam veterans. Parade organizers rejected a float, submitted by the local Vietnam Veterans of America group to walk with a tortured soldier in a cage.

Parade Chair Carol Horner said that message doesn't fit, what this parade is all about.

"It's just not the theme of our parade. This isn't the venue for that. I Think it's a very, very important message, we all do, we love our veterans we want them in our parade. The VVA after our decision, when we asked them not to include the tortured soldier in the cage, pulled out of the parade ."

The Celebrate CB Parade has been going strong for 43 years. It started as an idea to bring pride to the Council Bluffs community.