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A program for the 1953 Eisenhower Presidency Inaugurations on January 20, 1953. The program had photos hand signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon.. .President Eisenhower had the unique experience not only to march in an inaugural parade (Wilson's in 1913), but also to review his own parade as President in 1953. In keeping with the idea of saluting a former Army General, six hundred and forty-two planes of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force flew over the parade route. The "Aerial Crusade" included 45 Army helicopters and liaison aircraft; 150 Navy carrier planes and two blimps; 99 Marine Corps fighters, and 348 Air Force jet fighters, bombers and cargo aircraft. Although it was the President's request that the parade be short and simple, the Republicans wanted to celebrate. Eisenhower vetoed fireworks for the evening, still it was almost seven o'clock before the last elephant passed by the President's stand and the ceremonies ended. .

A program for the 1953 Eisenhower Presidency Inaugurations on January 20, 1953. The program had photos hand signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon.. .President Eisenhower had the unique experience not only to march in an inaugural parade (Wilson's in 1913), but also to review his own parade as President in 1953. In keeping with the idea of saluting a former Army General, six hundred and forty-two planes of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force flew...
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