Eau Claire (WQOW) - President Donald Trump wants to showcase America's armed forces later this year with a military parade. News 18 wanted to know what some local veterans thought about the idea.
Adam Kohls, with Eau Claire County's Veteran Services office, said military parades like the one the White House is reportedly planning aren't common in the United States. He said the last one was in 1991, put on by then-President George H.W. Bush to celebrate victory in the Persian Gulf War.
Kohls said many vets would likely appreciate the recognition, but he thinks a parade showing off our military force, like the ones we see in North Korea, would be unnecessary.
"Maybe the president has an agenda that we just don't know yet. So maybe he's got a good reason for it, but, again, I think we're already known as the strongest military out there. So, I don't think really have to show that anymore," Kohls told News 18.
He also said if the parade were to feature the military's equipment and weapons, it would likely cost millions of dollars to put together. A spokesperson for the mayor of Washington D.C. has already said that Trump will have to pay for the parade himself.