Watch: Chuck Schumer Called for a Military Parade in 2014

| FEB 8, 2018 | 6:42 PM

President Donald Trump has garnered quite a bit of criticism over his request for a military parade, but his wish isn't entirely unprecedented.

It was reported this week that Trump expressed during a Jan. 18 meeting his desire for a military parade. His request was heard by top generals as a presidential directive, so the Pentagon has started exploring possible dates for the event, according to NBC News.

In 2014, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also called for a military parade, though there were some differences between then and now. While the president has reportedly asked for just a general parade, Schumer's request was much more like the 1991 parade that took place under then-President George H.W. Bush.

The 1991 parade took place after a U.S.-led coalition evicted Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the first Gulf War. It, like the handful of other military parades in American history, commemorated the ending of a war.

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Likewise, Schumer wanted to celebrate the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by welcoming home veterans with a ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan:

"With the war in Afghanistan winding down, now is the time to keep with longstanding American tradition and kick off a campaign for the first New York City welcome home parade for troops that served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the completion of the Afghanistan combat mission expected at the end of this year, and with Iraq's official end far behind us, it's time for New York to stake its claim and for the Department of Defense to join in planning this welcome home celebration."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed with Schumer, saying the soldiers “deserve a recognition for their sacrifice.” But the Department of Justice said at the time that no parade should occur until operations in Afghanistan are totally complete.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) decried the idea of a military parade. He said, “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. ... We're not North Korea, we're not Russia, and we're not China and I don't want to be.”

Other Democrats condemned the proposal, too:

Defense Secretary James Mattis, however, is working on advancing Trump’s wish.

“We're all aware in this country of the president's affection and respect for the military,” he told The New York Times. “We have been putting together some options, we will send them up to the White House for decision.”