RETURNING soldiers should be honoured by Kirklees Council, says a politician.
Clr Paul Kane, whose nephew is serving in Iraq, wants a civic reception for military personnel.
The Dewsbury East councillor said: “Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we should celebrate when our soldiers return home safely.
“There could be a freedom of the town march – as with the Duke of Wellingtons – and a civic reception. I think it’s time for us to show our appreciation to the people from Kirklees who go to serve.”
Clr Kane added that casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan were not being given enough media coverage.
The Labour councillor said: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s unacceptable that the deaths of British soldiers have been relegated to page five, six or seven in the papers.”
Clr Kane called for the homecoming ceremony at last week’s monthly meeting of Kirklees Council.
Council leader Clr Robert Light told him: “I think it’s a good idea and something I fully support.”
Last month the head of the Army, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt called for greater public support for soldiers.
In a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London he asked councils to hold homecoming parades for their local battalions returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.