President Donald Trump has reportedly instructed officials to plan a U.S. military parade for Veterans Day, which would be Nov. 11 of this year, according to a recent report.
Politico exclusively reported that Trump has directed the Defense Department to schedule a military parade for Veterans Day, this according to an unclassified memo by National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster that was summarized to Politico.
The parade route “should begin at the White House and end at the Capitol,” the memo also reportedly said.
Trump first floated the idea of a military parade after he came back from visiting France.
President @realDonaldTrump on military parade: “I think it’s great for spirit, the military loves it, they love the idea…we have a great country and we should be celebrating it.” pic.twitter.com/JbiZQxq0QR
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The Pentagon earlier this year confirmed that it is planning a military parade in order to display the strength of America’s armed forces, and it will take place sometime this year.
The Washington Post had first reported that during a Jan. 18 meeting between President Trump and top military officials, Trump gave the “marching orders” to plan a parade.
Upon returning from a trip to France last year, Trump marveled at the magnitude of France’s Bastille Day Parade, and said he would like the U.S. to do something similar.
Trump has since faced immense backlash over a military parade, with many Americans saying they do not support a military parade.