I so do love parades … and, apparently … so does President Trump. He also loves our military. With that in mind … President Trump has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” He wants a full-scale military parade.
I would think people would welcome a parade honoring our military. Some do … but … many (especially on the left) are not, at all … happy … about the parade.
The left … and, some on the right … are questioning the expense of the parade. It would go into the millions. Some suggest that it would be better to take the money it would take to initiate a parade … and write bonus checks to all veterans and military individuals, instead.
Some say that the heavy artillery … tanks … aircraft (if used) would badly damage the roads.
And, of course there are those that seem to feel that such a parade and display of our pride in our military would be … embarrassing.
They are worried that the rest of the world will see us as another North Korea or Russia using a military parade as more of a threat to the rest of the world. They say this is a flagrant display of braggadocio and is really more about our President than our military.
While I understand concerns about the amount of money it would take to pull this together, and there is probably a legitimate concern about damage to roads because of tanks and aircraft … this last part leaves me shaking my head. Never … in my lifetime … did I ever think I’d see a day when people would object to … and, feel embarrassed about … celebrating our military with a huge parade.
I also don’t understand why … we have to have an “event” before having this parade. People are asking why a parade … we haven’t just won a war or anything.
Does there have to be a reason … a defining moment for a military parade? Isn’t simply taking time to recognize the events that shaped America … and, our military branches, reason enough?
At this point in time … we don’t know if we are going to have this grand parade. For now, it’s talk … and, an assumption that if President Trump wants to honor our military in grand fashion, he will.
So, I’m going to pretend that it’s going to happen. And … I have it all played out in my mind.
I don’t think we need a new “event.” I think Flag Day (day of the first Flag Resolution, June 14th 1777.), or the 4th of July (the celebration of our 1776 Independence from England) would be appropriate.
The parade I would like to see … should there be one … would start with the Revolutionary War … uniforms and flag design … and … follow through every war/conflict, through today. Each segment would wear the period uniform and carry the flag, as designed at that period. The music presented, within each segment, would represent the music of the time of a particular war or conflict. (heavy artillery and weapon, i.e., tanks and aircraft, optional.)
The parade should end at the Arlington Cemetery … with a 21-gun salute, to honor all the fallen. The President would speak … and … there would be a fireworks display.
To defray the costs … Giant Corporations should “pay it forward” by donating funds for one of the many “period” segments.
Designers should come forward and donate their time recreating the uniforms of the period and Manufacturers should volunteer to make the uniforms.
The different bands should come from different high schools across America. And … all participants in the parade should be military personnel … and, veterans.
Wide screens should be put in place all over strategic spots and provide by broadcasting companies.
Hotels in Washington … and, across America should offer the lowest rates possible for traveling military personnel (and veterans) to come together at a location, in order to watch, and celebrate their service to this country.
Airlines should offer all military personnel and veterans traveling to take part in the parade, or to be a part of a local celebration, the lowest fares possible.
Okay … that is the highlighted version. Of course, the devil is in the details. And, of course … getting support from companies and the airlines is a pipe dream … but oh … what a grand parade and day … that would be!
I do so love a parade … but … it’s a long march from an idea to reality. However, with President Trump, he has a way of making the impossible …possible. And … he so loves a parade!
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Debbie Barth: 2/09/2018 at 10:09 pm EDT
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