Big celebration for troops coming home from Iraq or not?

Gunnery Sgt. Rene Avendao has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years.

He recently came back from a tour in Afghanistan and he has also served a tour in Iraq.

"Every day, you don TMt know what to expect, Avendao said. You always have to be on your guard."

He said he was glad when President Barack Obama announced earlier this year, that the more than 40,000 troops stationed in Iraq, are coming home by the end of 2011.

"They should be honored - they spent more than 10 years out there, in both Iraq and Afghanistan," Avendao said.

Avendao is hoping for a warm welcome for his fellow troops, however, pentagon officials this week said there is no big celebration planned.

Some Rio Grande Valley veteran's said they agree, there shouldn't be a large scale welcome, since there's still plenty of troops fighting in Afghanistan.

"What happens if some other people die?,

Salinas said.

Are we really celebrating a little too in advance (with) everything that's happening?

Mainly because we're not sure of what's going to happen and I don't think the government knows either."

Salinas said the nation should hold-off on the big celebration, but encourages hometowns to welcome their heroes with open arms.

"Most of them will be having their celebrations at the post that they're coming or the base that they are at, have their families and so forth, and I think you're going to have small celebrations within the city," Salinas said.

Avendao said the troops are probably counting the days and hours before they can see their families, and insists they're deserving of a recognition worthy of their sacrifices.

"I think they should all be honored in the same way, Avendao said.

They should all be given some sort of parade, some sort of special function for them when they get back - they deserve it, they had a rough time out there."