After watching the French celebrate Bastille Day last July with a military parade, President Trump said he was inspired and wanted to showcase American military strength by parading them through the streets of Washington D.C.
President Trump said he wanted to celebrate veterans and to showcase the strength of American military forces through the parade, which will also feature a fly-over. The event is no longer expected to feature tanks, as the president initially requested, as they would ruin the roadways in the nation’s capital.
From Fox News:
While suggested plans didn’t include tanks, the Pentagon was considering an air demonstration and a representation of veterans in American history.
The planned parade is intended to highlight the contributions veterans have made “throughout the history of the U.S. Military,” according to a note from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s office. It would date back from the Revolutionary War to present day, “with an emphasis on the price of freedom.”
The idea initially ran into cost and logistical issues before the president decided to move forward with the plans. Slated for November 10, the military parade is expected to materialize. And, as Washington Examiner reports, is estimated to cost $12 million.
Per Washington Examiner:
The parade was originally planned after Trump attended a similar military parade in France and declared he wanted one to take place in the United States to celebrate American armed forces. After months of speculation, it’s set to take place on Nov. 10, just one day before the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The public display of military might isn’t going to be cheap, however. Three defense officials familiar with the parade told CNN that it is expected to cost approximately $12 million, but noted that the cost could still change.
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According to the report, the money could come from canceled joint military operations with South Korean forces. The Pentagon announced earlier this month that the United States would cancel the military exercises under the direction of President Trump who said the cancellation would “save a fortune.”
Here’s more, per Military Times:
The initial price tag could easily change, and no final plan has been approved yet, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity. The price would depend on the final numbers of troops and type of equipment involved, and how those troops will need to be transported to Washington, such as whether they would need to be moved by train.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney previously told Congress the price tage could be between $10 million and $30 million.
The parade date is just four months away, which raised questions on how Washington would be able to execute the needed security and planning, such as getting the permits and public bathrooms, that is required to accomodate a large public gathering.