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Not Everyone Loves a Parade | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

President Trump has asked the Pentagon to arrange a large scale military parade, stating “I want a parade like the one in France” referring to the Bastille Day ceremony he previously attended. But reactions have been mixed- with the majority appearing to be against such a display. Honestly, I have to agree with the dissenters but probably not for the same reason.

There is little doubt that President Trump is a supporter of the Nation’s military. He also loves America and believes that a strong military is the key to “Making America Great Again.” It should come as no surprise that as he wishes to show off that might for everyone, especially our adversaries, to see. Of course, the announcement has been met with mixed reaction from multiple fronts.

Naturally, the Democrats and other Trump haters are against it just like they are anything he does. The feel that the parade will demonstrate his hate for the world and alienate other nations. Others are claiming that such a large display of military might is more reminiscent of the Soviet Union or North Korea. Finally, there is the argument brought up by several members of Congress and former military leaders – the cost.

I do not agree that any of these are a valid reason NOT to have the parade. I do not care if other countries find it distasteful or it makes them uneasy. Our true allies will either ignore it or see it for what it is- a celebration of our all-volunteer service and what they do for our nation. The difference between an American military display and those of the Soviet Union and now Korea is we would not be doing it to show off equipment purchased at great cost while the rest of the nation is in tatters. As for that cost, I say so what! We waste money on useless programs day after day, honoring our service members are worth any cost.

But I am still against the parade. Why do I not support parading our might down Pennsylvania Avenue while grateful citizens wave flags and cheer? Because of the cost to the service members themselves.

Pulling off such an event would require weeks of planning, site visits, and meetings. The event itself would require heightened security, boosted communications and various logistic programs.
All of this would need to be done by the very service members the President means to honor. Then there is the event itself. Everyone involved would, of course, be military. Each and every one of them would need to travel from duty stations far and wide, spend days practicing and readying equipment for display. All of this would require time away from their primary duties, and more importantly their families.

Parades may be fun for everyone watching, waving flags and wishing those on a review well. But they are never fun for those who are actually involved. For the service members who would be honored the parade itself is a lot of work- extra work and extra time away. This is why I say “No” to a military parade.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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