Hawks on Parade?: Trump’s DC Military Demo to Cost Taxpayers $12 Million

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US President Donald Trump’s Bastille Day-inspired military parade in Washington, DC, will come at a cost of $12 million, according to officials with the US Department of Defense (DOD).

The November 10, 2018, parade will come at a cost of $12 million to US taxpayers, according to three DOD officials’ statements on Thursday to several media outlets. The figure is tentative, however, and could increase as planning reaches fruition.

It’s not the first, and also not the most expensive, military parade to trek through the streets of DC. Former President George HW Bush held one after the end of the Gulf War in 1991 at a cost of $12 million then, a number that now, due to inflation, would be between $21 and $22 million. 

The parade is intended to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of combat in World War I, a then-unprecedented conflict in terms of scale in which the US lost 116,000 servicemembers, either in confirmed deaths in combat or soldiers missing in action — a number that actually pales in comparison to most other major countries that participated.

Fighting in WWI ended with an armistice on November 11, 1918. Trump’s military parade was originally planned to take place then but was rescheduled. The day also marks the US holiday of Veterans Day. The DC Veterans Day parade, usually held on November 11, will be consolidated into one parade.

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