'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration isn't first time armored vehicles have rumbled into Washington
Tanks rumbled down Pennsylvania Avenue for Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural parade in 1953. John F. Kennedy deployed them eight years later – as well as missiles. Even a 1939 visit by England's King George VI prompted a splashy display of armored hardware rolling through the nation's capital.
President Donald Trump's demand that tanks be part of his "Salute to America" on the National Mall Thursday to celebrate the 4th of July has prompted critics, including Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, to call it a jingoistic display befitting a despot.
But tanks have long been a part of national moments of celebration in Washington, although mainly associated with presidential inaugurations and military victory parades.
The last ones thundered through the nation's capital in 1991 when the nation commemorated victories over Iraq.
Here are several occasions where tanks were part of a celebration in the nation's capital:
On June 8, 1939, Washington and President Franklin D. Roosevelt held a welcoming parade for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Their procession was led by a small group of tanks.
First and second Eisenhower inaugurals