Trump Will be Getting Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Ave. Without Tanks

Randal Sanchez
March 11, 2018

President Trump will be getting his military parade on Veterans Day, according to a new Pentagon memo.

The event will not include tanks to avoid damaging local infrastructure, according to the leaked Petagon memo, but the celebration will include a "heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available". In September 2017, President Trump had shared how impressed he was by the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of U.S. veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.

The parade will focus on the contributions of veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from second world war to the present, according to the memo.

Critics have argued that a parade could cost millions of dollars at a time when the Pentagon wants more stable funding for an over-stretched military.

The Joint Staff will reportedly oversee the planning of the procession, while Northern Command, which oversees USA troops in North America, will carry it out.

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Military parades are also a highlight of the calendar in Moscow and Pyongyang but are rare in the United States, where displays of patriotism usually take the form of flag-waving, fireworks and grilled hot dogs.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress last month that the parade could cost taxpayers up to $30 million. A few weeks later, news broke that the event would be held on Veteran's Day. "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe".

The route will start at the White House and finish at the Capitol.

In practice, that means "period uniforms", re-enactments and even the use of an "old guard fife and drum", the memo says.

The preliminary plan calls for Trump to be surrounded by Medal of Honor recipients and veterans in a viewing area.

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