President Trump's Military Parade Planned for Veteran's Day

Saul Bowman
March 11, 2018

A president-requested Veteran's Day parade in the U.S. capital will not include tanks to avoid damage to the streets, a Pentagon memo said.

In a memo, it said tanks would not be involved to help limit damage to roads.

The event should include a "heavy air component", the memo continued, but tanks won't be permitted due to their potential to wreck city streets.

"Include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure", the memo said.

The Defense Department had earlier said it was planning for "around" that date, which is known in the United States as Veterans Day and in other countries as Remembrance Day marking the end of World War I. It has been estimated that a major military parade, would cost anywhere from $10 to $30 million.

President Donald Trump has requested a military parade, similar to the one he attended on Bastille Day last summer in France (pictured here), likely to be held in Washington, D.C. this fall. It will close with a "heavy air component", which officials hope will include older planes.

It was sent from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will organize the event, and offers guidance as to how the parade will be carried out. The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

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

Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the Pentagon memo said. "But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump told Fox News in February. In September 2017, President Trump had shared how impressed he was by the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

Military experts believe that President Trump wishes to show military might of U.S. to the world as China and Russian Federation do by holding their military parades. We've been putting together some options.

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