Military Parade a Good Idea, Could Bring Nation Together, Retired Major General Says

Duke's Charles Dunlap says a military parade like that proposed by President Trump could bridge the civilian-military divide

President Donald Trump is reported as having asked the military to organize a large parade in Washington, D.C.

  • Quotes:
    “America’s military has been constantly at war since 9/11, yet it’s been more than 26 years since we’ve had a national military parade honoring those serving -- even though doing so has long been an American tradition,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, Jr., professor of the practice of law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University.

    “Will it cost millions?  Probably. Will there be counter-demonstrations? Sure. Is there a risk of terrorist attacks? Of course. Should we do it? Yes.”

    “In a country in which millions routinely turn out for parades for sports teams, several pundits are already grousing about having one to honor those in the armed forces.  In my view, a major event like a national-level parade can play a positive role in helping to address the much-discussed civilian-military “gap.”  It can also give all Americans the chance to come together as one nation. Couldn’t we use more of those kinds of opportunities these days?”

  • Read more of Dunlap’s views at his Lawfire blog.

  • Bio:
    Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr. is a former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force. He is professor of the practice of law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University.
  • For additional comment, contact Charles Dunlap at:
    (919) 613-7233; dunlap@law.duke.edu

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