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Posted: 4/11/2006 11:49:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 11:55:49 AM EDT by Commando223]
The thread about the Russian Military Parade reminded me about this. I know Mexico has the same style parades where all the troops are marching down the street.

So how come the US don't have big national Military Parades?

I think it would be great to show off all the new Hardware, Uniforms ect and would make people have more faith in the Military
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:51:33 AM EDT
Because in reality we arent supposed to have a standing army. Plus it scares the sheeple
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:51:42 AM EDT
We do have cool fly-overs at things like the SuperBowl and stuff, not sure why no parades either. July 4th would be a good day for one.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:52:50 AM EDT
Too busy protecting the world.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:53:44 AM EDT

Team America Fuck Yea!
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:56:36 AM EDT
I thought it was called Veterans day or Memorial day
You can also go to any military installation on Armed Forces day (usually open to public with proper ID) and view the military in action
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:58:13 AM EDT
True, but I mean like a big national Event where all the news channels go live and stuff like that.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 11:59:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:03:40 PM EDT
I think that air shows fill the need quite nicely.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:08:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 12:08:18 PM EDT by A-nus]
too expencive!
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:08:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:11:33 PM EDT
Because true badasses don't need to strut their stuff.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:16:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By readytorock556:
Because true badasses don't need to strut their stuff.

You apparently missed the air show post above.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:16:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 12:20:57 PM EDT by atrophis]
Anytime I think of a military parade, I think of countries like the past USSR, Nort Korea, Iran, China and other countries that feel the need to show their military might off. I get the feeling they are cowering in our vast glory and they get little wee wee syndrome.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:22:12 PM EDT
Dont know about where you live,but I participated in two parades while in the NG,plus went to the county fair to man a booth once.Last time I was at the silverado gunshow in frederick,md the NG had a display set up with recruters and everything
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:22:36 PM EDT

Because our grammar is poor?

Just a thought......

Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:25:45 PM EDT
When I was a kid we had a parade for our town's Sesquicentennial. They had tanks and soldiers marching and stuff; it was pretty cool. I seem to remember my father getting some movie footage of it, but I haven't seen it in ages.

They had a cool display set up at the high school before the parade. They had Nike missile launchers set up, they had tanks that they let the kids climb on (I remember climbing into an M7 Priest and elevating the barrel... ), they had a Rascal missile on a trailer, and there was a Navy F7U Cutlass that they trucked in, too.

I remember two F7Us flying over in formation, an H-21 helicopter doing a rescue demonstration at the Town Park, and a small arms demo including machine guns and a BAR at the park. There were a lot of displays inside the high school, as well. The parade was the high point, though. That was a long time ago, and I never saw another one quite like it.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:27:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:

Because our grammar is poor?

Just a thought......

Sorry I'm new!!!!
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:29:55 PM EDT
Because all our troops are occupying the rest of the world?

We hold our military parades in Baghdad, Teheran, & Damascus.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:30:26 PM EDT
because it's busy doing the jobs they were trained to do? You know, fighting?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:31:55 PM EDT
the power of the US is supposedly projected by our people and economy. the military is not our major (official) claim to world power, but rather a by product of it. usually the shittier the country, the more they flaunt their military, because that's all they've got. we choose to flaunt our prosperity instead
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:47:01 PM EDT
Well when I was stationed in Berlin Germany back in the 1980's we used to have big parades there every
year with 2 of the other 3 ocupation forces (GB and france) it was quite the show.
stateside usally parades are on base (with heavy equipment) It probly has alot to do with post vietnam
feeling about the military. I know when I joined we where still treated like dogs. (1980) and things have improved since then thankfully.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:54:12 PM EDT
Because when we want to show others our military power traveling down Main St. it will be down their Main St.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:13:03 PM EDT
I remember when Clinton was in office he had parades with military marching down the streets of DC. Seemed to fit his megalomaniac attitude
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:53:12 PM EDT
Go to the US Naval Academy any Monday or Wednsday in early fall or late spring. Ask me how I know.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:56:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SS109:
Because all our troops are occupying the rest of the world?

We hold our military parades in Baghdad, Teheran, & Damascus.

Hell yeah!

Seriously - big military parades seem to be the stuff of dictatorships and totalitarian states, not free democracies.

Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:58:40 PM EDT
Didn't you guys know,
The union (United Sailors Soldiers Airmen and Marines 1776)
got rid of parades in the last contrct negotiations.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:58:42 PM EDT
We can't march that ghey.

Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:59:50 PM EDT
There's some dispute going on in Ireland over whether or not they really want a military parade on the anniversay of the Easter Rising. Glorifying violence, and all that.

The other half says that it's a good idea because (a) it raises the public profile of the Defense Forces, and (b) also reminds people that Irish independence came because people took up arms and risked their lives.

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