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The last such celebration in Washington occurred in the summer 1991 when the end of the 41-day Persian Gulf War was celebrated with a $12 million dollar victory parade.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier this month that he is working to develop plans to fulfill the president’s request.

“We’re all aware in this country of the president’s affection and respect for the military,” Mr. Mattis said. “We have been putting together some options, we will send them up to the White House for decision.”

Some Republicans have been reluctant to endorse a military parade. Last week, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said “confidence is silent and insecurity is loud” and that the United States did not need to show off its power.

Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat of California, pressed Mr. Mulvaney at the hearing on Wednesday about paying for a parade and suggested that holding one is reminiscent of displays of grandeur often seen in authoritarian countries.



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