President Trump wants to celebrate the troops with an enormous, beautiful military parade through Washington D.C.
The Pentagon and White House officials are in discussions to carry out a grand event this year that includes soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of the nation’s capital to spotlight America’s armed forces, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The commander-in-chief has been pushing for an American military parade after being wowed at France’s Bastille Day celebration last summer in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump admitted being dazzled by an array of crisply-dressed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees accompanied by tanks and different armored vehicles with F-16 fighter jets providing air power above and blowing streaks of blue, white and red smoke to symbolize the French flag.
Fulfilling the president’s wish grew to become more of a priority when Trump personally mentioned the matter during a Jan. 18 meeting with top generals at the Pentagon.
The attendees, who included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, took Trump’s wish as an order, officials advised the Washington Post.
No date has been set for the celebration.
The Pentagon reportedly prefers Veterans Day on Nov. 11 — which would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.