Remember that military parade that President Trump was planning? Well, the cost for the parade has jumped significantly – 666% in fact. If that percentage number doesn’t scare you for religious reasons, the price tag certainly should – it will cost a whopping $92 million. And plans aren’t finalized yet, so that means it could go up even more.
Why such a hefty price tag? According to USA Today, a military spokesperson said $50 million of that would go towards security, equipment, personnel and other expenses.
The American Legion’s national commander said in a statement Thursday that “the American Legion appreciates that our president wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation’s support for our troops. However, until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veterans Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”
Supporting our service men and women is important, but using money for this is just another form of wasteful government spending. Our veterans have real needs here at home – many are homeless, out of work and waiting for medical care. President Trump should redirect those funds toward something a little more useful than a parade.
We the people can continue to honor our service men and women at a local level in our hometown parades.
If the military parade does take place, it’s scheduled for Nov. 10, the day before Veteran’s Day, in Washington D.C.