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Trump's military parade will cost no more than $600 per homeless vet. Very reasonable, don't you think? Here's an idea: pay $600 each to fly them to Washington. 50,000 homeless vets marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. Now there's an parade I'd watch.

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Military parades may not sit well with some Americans because they evoke images of Russian troops parading past the Kremlin, or obsequious Koreans in Pyongyang marching in goose-step as their dictator Kim Jong Un waves them on.

This may have more to do with the imagery routinely used by the media to portray America’s adversaries rather than born out of a true understanding of where displays of military pride and prowess take place around the globe.

Trump has made popular the fact that France holds a military parade on July 15, Bastille Day, when he referenced it as a source of inspiration for hosting something similar in Washington D.C. to mark July 4. France is, however, just one of many European, non-“third world” countries, to hold such an event.

Italy has been celebrating Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) for over 70 years.

National Day in Luxembourg, held on June 23, is not complete without an official ceremony followed by a gun salute and a military parade.

Britain’s annual Trooping of the Colour celebration, with roots in the 17th century and now held on a Saturday every June.

The Belgians mark their National Day, July 21, with a parade by the Belgian Army and police, after a mass is held at the Cathedral of Brussels.

For nearly 100 years, on an Aug. 15 national holiday, Polish armed forces roll out their tanks and armament to honor Poland’s victory against Soviet Russia in 1920. Poland is just one of several northeastern European countries to host such an event.

Spain marks October 12 with a military parade in Madrid to not only honor Christopher Columbus, but to celebrate its Day of the Armed Forces.

Sweden, which increased military spending and re-introduced conscription in 2017, has its army march each year in honor of the king’s birthday.

Finland celebrates Independence Day on December 6 with a military parade and showcase of military equipment. Last year’s event, which marked 100 years of Finnish independence, was headlined “National defense is everybody’s business.”

Citing budgetary issues as a reason to not hold a parade is not convincing, as claims that spending tax dollars on a parade means less money for taking care of our veterans is like saying that because a family celebrates Christmas, or a child’s birthday, it cannot possibly make next month’s mortgage payment.

I see no "need" for a military parade. It seems provocative. JMO.

We have parades every 4th of July, on Veteran's Day and at various other times throughout the year. But to have a parade, which would be very expensive, to only satisfy Trump's ego, is just not right. That money could be spent in a lot of different ways to help the vets and those in need. He just signed a bill doing away with the disability provisions. I think the disability people need that money more than they need a parade.

Give the money to any program that focus on helping the vets after their service. That's way more respectful than anything Trump is doing or saying right now.

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Get behind me in line, I am waiting for reimbursement for the E-mail and Benghazi probes that went nowhere. At least there are indictments in this probe.

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Even if they do, we will never get our money back.

And give them guns to keep the politicians away.

Thayt would be good and at the end let them set up a tent city on the white house property.

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