Editorial | Military parade rained out

Editorial | Military parade rained out

President Donald Trump may have had a good idea with his suggestion for a Veterans Day weekend parade in Washington, but for the wrong reason.

As any good student of history knows, Veterans Day's origins go back to Nov. 11, 1919, with the first observance of Armistice Day. That was the first anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War I, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

After attending France's Bastille Day festivities in Paris last year, President Trump decided he'd like to have a similar observance in the United States and suggested a military parade in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10 this year.

"We're going to have to try and top" the French parade, he said.

But the expense and the logistics, at least for the kind of observance the president wanted, proved to be too great. By one estimate it would have required $92 million. The lowest projection was $10 million. Even the American Legion, which said it appreciated Trump's support for U.S. troops, observed that the money could be better spent on veterans and active duty troops.

The president had the germ of a good idea, though, with his suggestion for a parade in the Nation's Capital in November. A more modest and solemn national observance of the sacrifices made by American troops 100 years ago as the Great War ended would be appropriate. Surely it's not too late to pull that off.

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