Trump's military parade, minus the tanks, set for Veterans Day
11 March, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
The Pentagon has begun preparing for President Trump's requested military parade in Washington, D.C., but preliminary plans suggest it won't involve any tanks like the Bastille Day celebration that inspired it.
The memo listed a number of guidelines for the parade on November 11 and said the parade route will be from the White House to the Capitol and have a "heavy air component at the end of the parade".
The memo says only aircraft and "wheeled vehicles" will be used - no tanks - to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".
When news first broke of Trump's intention to hold a large military parade, it was met with bipartisan disapproval over its potential cost and resemblance to events put on by dictators in countries like North Korea.
The parade, the first major one in the U.S. capital since 1991, will take place on November 11 in a salute to veterans, according to a Pentagon planning memo.
"This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the USA military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", adds the guidance from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It has been estimated that a major military parade, would cost anywhere from $10 to $30 million. A leaked Department of Defense memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff highlights some of the details of the upcoming parade, according to CNN, which first obtained the memo.
The route will start at the White House and finish at the Capitol.
Trump will reportedly be surrounded by military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients once the parade reaches the Capitol. Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most lovely parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave".
"We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country", he told Fox News in a recent interview.
The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".
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