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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump's desire for a massive military parade reflects his respect and fondness for the USA military.

In September, Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron and remarked how he enjoyed watching France's Bastille Day military parade in Paris.

Speaking later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump had asked the Defense Department to look into parade options.

Last time, the USA has witnessed a grandiose military parade of this kind was in 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq during the first Gulf War as missiles, stealth bombers, tanks and other military hardware were featured as hundreds of troops march down on Constitution Avenue.

"We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates", Charlie Summers, a Pentagon spokesman, told NBC News. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military".

The White House claimed Trump was joking.

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"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. It was a major display of solidarity for U.S. troops who had entered World War II.

In 1946, another military parade was held in NY to celebrate the Allied Powers' victory over the coalition of Axis Powers in World War II. According to the Post, however, the Pentagon prefers it be held on November 11, which is both Veterans' Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before he was inaugurated, Trump told the Post in an interview, "We're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".

The last major US military parade in the nation's capital was following the lightning-fast American victory over the Iraqi army in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But he said what he called a "Soviet style hardware display" would be "cheesy" and show weakness instead of strength.

Big military displays are rare in Western Europe, with no such parades of equivalent size in Germany or the United Kingdom, though the Queen's Household regiments regularly conduct smaller ceremonial displays and Belgium holds an annual military parade. Also, Russia last July held a Navy Day military parade with thousands of sailors, warships, submarines and aircraft in St. Petersberg.

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said in the interview. The idea is that the world's pre-eminent military is strongest when its might is inferred, not shown off in boastful fashion or in an implicit threat to foreign powers.

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