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White House Planning First Military Parade In 27 Years

by Countable | 2.7.18

What’s the story?

The White House has acknowledged that they are working with the Pentagon to mount a "grand, military parade" in Washington, D.C. sometime later in 2018. It will be the first full-scale military parade in Washington, D.C. since 1991.

Such parades were more commonplace following decisive military victories, but have become uncommon as conflicts have drawn on for years with no clear victor, such as the Korean and Vietnam Wars, or no end in sight, like the war in Afghanistan.

According to the Washington Post, a two-day celebration in D.C., including military parades down Pennsylvania Ave., was held after the Civil War. There was another after WWI, in D.C. and other cities. The official military parade after WWII was held in New York City.

There were no military parades organized by the Pentagon after that until the 1991 parade following the conclusion of the first Gulf War’s Desert Storm campaign. However, Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy all had military equipment involved in their inauguration parades.

The 1991 parade, under President H.W. Bush, cost $12 million and was estimated to have been attended by 800,000 people, with television coverage reaching households across the country.

Since then, celebrations to honor the troops involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have been debated, but military leaders have not felt that celebrations while soldiers are still in harm’s way in those regions is "appropriate".

The current parade being planned by the White House and Pentagon would be the first national one in U.S. history not tied to a conclusive military victory. By all accounts, it was inspired by President Trump’s viewing of the Bastille Day Parade in Paris last year, an annual event.

What do you think?

Is the proposed parade an opportunity to honor military men and women and celebrate the might of the U.S. armed forces? Are you excited about the prospect of it? Do you have problems with the idea, and if so, what are they?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

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  • Chickie
    02/07/2018
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    Another useless, wasteful expense that #45 has concocted for the taxpayers to burden! If he has all these billions of dollars, let him pay for it ~ along with his Wall! How about we help the military in other ways? For instance place the money in the VA, programs to help vets with PTSD, suicide prevention, etc? Someone in #45’s inner circle needs to get him a clue! Our representatives better not even consider this excess waste of money. Although some in the GOP may consider it a good idea as they are so into #45, they haven’t seen their shoelaces since January, 2017!

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  • Bob
    02/07/2018
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    Three Amtrak accidents in a month suggest that the money would be better spent on infrastructure. What a massive waste of money just so Trump can review (his) troops and be saluted! I say no parade, no wall until every American is fed, insured and educated.

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  • Luke
    02/07/2018
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    Parades should be held to celebrate glorious victory, not to pat ourselfs on the back for two decades of indecisive waste.

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  • John
    02/07/2018
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    So, 45 wants to have the troops paraded before him. Wants “his” military to march past and salute him. Wants to play soldier. The short answer is: HELL NO! This is not some tinpot fascist state that owes it all to a “leader”. We do not need to waste the money and the time to make sure 45 can get it up! Let him play with himself. We can spend the money on care for veterans. That is how you honor those who serve.

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  • Rebecca
    02/07/2018
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    Authoritarian government in action. I hope this is stopped.

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  • Topi
    02/07/2018
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    The REAL Military. You know the ones who actually serve...Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Etc. HATE parades. Ask them!!!! We haven't returned power to Puerto Rico; we have food insecure children across this nation; we have homeless veterans in one of the richest nations in the world, we have a crumbling infrastructure, over crowded vet clinics .... and this person who was lucky enough to have the right rhetoric to get elected to probably the most important job in the world ... and THIS is his priority? Millions of dollars will be spent and hundreds of hours of work by very important, deep thinking men (military leaders) and THIS is what he wants them spending time upon???????

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  • Wiggy
    02/07/2018
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    We do not need to squander defense budget dollars to sate the ego of the president.

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  • Judith
    02/07/2018
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    So about $5000 per year per taxpayer goes to the military budget. I’m sorry but now that regular people many of whom are poor or children, will be going without healthcare while the rich just got a tax break, I just can’t afford another few cents for a DRAFTDODGER PUSSYGRABBERS EGO STROKING PARADE!

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  • Heather
    02/07/2018
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    A large military parade seems like a HUGE waste of money! I completely support our troops and my husband is a veteran. I love our local 4th of July and Memorial Day parades. This is not about celebrating our soldiers, this is about President Trumps Ego. Please don’t let our tax dolllarss go to something so wasteful!

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  • Sheila
    02/07/2018
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    This is so disturbing. I wasn’t planning on spending the rest of my life in a banana republic or North Korea or Russia. This needs to go away. We have millions of Americans starving and he wants to spend my taxpayer money on this. I don’t think so.

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  • Nancy
    02/07/2018
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    The military budget of this country already exceeds that of at least 8 countries. And we have two holidays that celebrate the military: Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Not to mention, it seems to be an ego boost for 45. Don’t allow it!

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  • James
    02/07/2018
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    Please stand up to Trump and stop this stupid waste of tax dollars.

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  • OlderNWiser
    02/07/2018
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    Just what we need to follow up on the Pentagon’s lost millions of dollars—a big parade so the toddler-in-chief can play war after daddy bought his way out of serving. Must be important to throw more millions at filling the holes in his soul where compassion might live instead of caring for wounded soldiers, finally giving DACA Dreamers peace-of-mind, caring for and about all Americans. Add this to the millions he raked in personally while playing golf more than monthly after criticizing President Obama for playing much much less. Dictatorship is ugly.

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  • Carol
    02/07/2018
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    Personally, as the daughter of a 30-year US Army officer, l like parades. That said, #45’s reason and the expense that would be involved, this parade is a mistake. The parade is for #45 because he wants it. He thinks it makes him king of the hill. He sees it as show of force. Use your influence 45 to help our homeless, our crumbling infrastructure, and help the Americans in Puerto Rico. Now that’s something we could celebrate. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  • Jennifer
    02/07/2018
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    I’m so sick of many liberal’s positions honoring our military as “useless.” These men and women sacrifice so that you may spew on a regular basis whatever hate is in your hearts. This proposed parade will especially honor our troops for, “standing the wall,” on these latest engagements for over 16 years! And maybe if we hadn’t had a President who micro-managed his Generals and war fighters, and who drew red lines he then allowed Syria to cross, who stirred up Libya, who allowed ISIS to proliferate, and who stuck his thumb in the eye of Israel at ever turn for 8 of those years , we’d be out of there by now. So I say, let’s honor those who’ve served numerous tours (previous wars only one tour got you home); and do it up in big fashion, with one caveat—I don’t want to look like China and NOKO—leave the armaments at home!

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  • Kevin
    02/07/2018
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    This is what I sent to my reps: Gentlemen, As a retired combat veteran, I find it ridiculous to think about having a military parade just because Mr. Trump was impressed by a military parade from another country he recently visited. We still have Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines fighting and serving in combat zones around the world and a military parade, without a valid reason other than to amuse himself, would be a slap in the face to those currently serving and those of us who have served honorably in the past. This is not an honor, just a waste of time and money that could be used for something more important like strengthening our internet security and the government systems that use it from intrusion by entities outside of our country. We do not parade our military around like toy soldiers. Let's get back to the business of being the global leader, if this administration and this congress doesn't figure it out immediately, America will be following the lead of some other country.

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  • Meredith
    02/07/2018
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    We should not spend millions of taxpayer dollars to host a ceremonial parade for the purpose of ego. If we want to honor the military service men and women and veterans, put those dollars to use at providing a real impact to post-traumatic stress recovery, physical and mental healthcare and programs to help military personnel return to civilian life.

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  • Catherine
    02/07/2018
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    Military parades have connotations that are not consistent with American values. UnAmerican

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  • Laura
    02/07/2018
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    No, no, a thousand times NO! This is a colossal waste of time and money that could actually be spent on things that would help our military personnel! If Trump really cares about the military then why not fund more programs to help homeless veterans, to provide mental health services for veterans and currently serving personnel, properly fund the VA, or make sure that units have enough funds to operate and have the day to day supplies they need! My husband had to buy printer paper for his office when he was on active duty, other units ran out of toilet paper! Training budgets have become a mere fraction of what’s needed, maintenance is being deferred because units can’t afford to requisition the parts they need, printers have no ink or paper unless soldiers buy them out of their own pockets! Sure the military budget looks nice and fat but it’s being spent in all the wrong places! So no, this parade is nothing but a waste of time and money and serves nothing more but to pad the ego of the Executive Branch!

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  • Jan
    02/07/2018
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    I suggest Jennifer pony up the money for a parade. Better yet, how about the corporate billionaires who got those huge tax breaks, they have the money to stroke 45’s ego. Every man in my life served this country, they never asked for anything in return other than a paycheck to support their families. It really is a hard pill to swollen when so many are homeless and living on the streets, many who have served this country honorably. The exorbitant amount of money funding this parade could be spent in so many more beneficial ways to help less fortunate Americans.

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