President Donald Trump watches as a marching band passes the reviewing stand during his inaugural parade on Pennsylvania Ave. outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
Associated Press/Andrew Harnik
The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that money that will be spent on an upcoming military parade "would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible."
The statement came following a CNBC report by Amanda Macias, citing a defense official with firsthand knowledge, which estimated the parade would cost $92 million — $80 million more than initially estimated.
The parade, still in the planning stages, is scheduled for November 10, marking both the Veterans Day holiday and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
According to the CNBC report, the parade in Washington, D.C. is expected to include approximately eight tanks and other armored vehicles such as Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Strykers, uniformed personnel, and flyovers from helicopters, fighters, transport aircraft, and historical planes.
President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to explore the idea of a military parade in Washington after returning from France in July 2017, where he attended a military parade in with French President Emmanuel Macron.
"We're going to have to try to top it," Trump said jokingly to Macron, during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.
In the Legion statement, however, National Commander Denise Rohan cautioned that a parade at the current time would be premature since the U.S. still remains engaged in the war on terror (the last time a parade was held in Washington was to celebrate the end of the Gulf War in 1991).
“The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation’s support for our troops," Rohan said. "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 Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Will Hardy)
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Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 conduct category III qualifications on the M2A1 heavy machine gun at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. CRS-1 is qualifying for future mobilization requirements. (U.S. Navy/Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kenji Shiroma)
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A competitor performs push-ups during the physical fitness event at the Minnesota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on April 4, 2019, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec)
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