United States military parades: Here's what they've been like in the past

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09 February, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade showcasing America's armed forces, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

It all started after the US President visited Paris a year ago on July 14 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to celebrate Bastille Day.

When pressed by a reporter on whether that was the best way to show appreciation for the troops, Ms Sanders said the White House has not made a final decision and that they are "exploring different ways that he could highlight and show the pride we have in the military". The paper said that discussion ultimately "marked a tipping point", citing two unnamed officials briefed on the planning.

The Post reported that the parade could be held on Pennsylvania Avenue, which links the Capitol and the White House.

Military parades are unusual but not unprecedented in American history. The optics of a military parade like they hold in dictatorships. He now commands Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion, and he, too, thinks a military parade may not be such a bad idea. "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it. Flyovers featuring the latest bombers are common at high-profile sporting events, and Fleet Week programs put military hardware front and center.

Massive military parades of the kind that are common in authoritarian countries such as China and North Korea are not quintessentially American. Trump later called that parade "one of the greatest parades" he had ever seen.

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"I have seen the president's most ardent defenders use the now-weary argument that the president's comments were meant as a joke, just sarcasm, only tongue in cheek", said Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

President Trump has been accused of exploiting the USA armed forces to boost his own image after he demanded a military parade in Washington.

The last major US military parade in the nation's capital was following the lightning-fast American victory over the Iraqi army in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. She said, "You think every dollar counts, so why divert time, energy and financial resources to the planning of a parade as the president has asked?"

Big military displays are rare in Western Europe, with no such parades of equivalent size in Germany or the United Kingdom, though the Queen's Household regiments regularly conduct smaller ceremonial displays and Belgium holds an annual military parade. "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he told the Post prior to his inauguration.

"Are we showing our strengths, is this a political ploy?"


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