President Donald Trump’s July 4 military celebration, dubbed “A Salute to America,” will feature tanks, bombers, and even the as-yet-undeployed Marine One, according to reports.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last year, when Trump first floated the idea of a military parade.
Trump’s plans for a parade in November of last year were scrapped after the Associated Press reported it would cost $92 million, much more than original estimates.
Trump was inspired by a Bastille Day parade he attended on a visit to France in 2017. But critics have accused Trump of using the military to politicize what is typically a civic celebration of Independence Day.
The huge military parades where troops, tanks and rocket launchers march past a leader’s gaze are common in Russia, China and North Korea. The US has traditionally only held only held large-scale parades like tomorrow’s “Salute to America” to celebrate military victories. The last one was held in June 1991 under President George HW Bush to celebrate the end of the Gulf War.
Here’s what it looked like.
By Ellen Ioanes