President Trump wants to celebrate the troops with a big, beautiful military parade through Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade and the Pentagon is reviewing potential dates, Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said Tuesday. Trump had previously considered the idea of a military parade through the streets of the nation’s capital after attending France’s Bastille Day as the guest of honor in July. The president admired the country’s celebrations, and called the parade “magnificent.”
The Washington Post first reported Trump told top Pentagon brass last month he wants a military parade.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told the paper. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Trump was French President Emmanuel Macron’s guest on Bastille Day last year, and later called the French military parade he witnessed “one of the greatest parades” he had ever seen. He said last September in a conversation with Macron that when he came back from France he wanted a military parade on the Fourth of July in Washington.
Trump also praised a military parade held by China. He said on Nov. 9 during a meeting with President Xi Jinping: “The hosting of the military parade this morning was magnificent, and the world was watching. I’ve already had people calling from all parts of the world. They were all watching. Nothing you can see is so beautiful.”
After The Washington Post first published this story, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement confirming that plans are underway.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Sanders said. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”
Trump officials had discussed Memorial Day on May 28, and July 4, but the Pentagon prefers Veterans Day on Nov. 11 — in part because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, but is also celebrated as Armistice Day in other countries to remember the day fighting ended in World War I. The armistice was signed and fighting ceased at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, and the date this year marks the 100th anniversary.
The last time a military parade marched through Washington, D.C. was at the conclusion of the Gulf War in June 1991.President George H. W. Bush held a military parade , to mark victory in the Persian Gulf War. At the time it was called the biggest victory celebration in Washington since the end of World War II, with a crowd of around 200,000.
The National Victory Celebration Parade, which strolled down Constitution Avenue, reportedly cost more than $12 million.