Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Pentagon memo details plans for Trump's military parade

Pentagon memo details plans for Trump's military parade

The details of President Donald Trump's military parade have leaked, and from the look of the things, it doesn't seem like we are going to have tanks rolling through the capital.

However, a Pentagon memo declared the parade to be excluding tanks in order to lessen the impact inflicted on roads.

But the event will "include a heavy air component at the end of the parade", meaning lots of airplane flyovers. There won't be any tanks in consideration of Washington's roadways, but the plan calls for wheeled military vehicles to roll through the streets. In addition to France's Bastille Day celebration in July, China held a huge military parade last summer, and in May, Russian leaders organised a large military parade through Red Square.

Trump had directed the Pentagon to plan a parade for later this year, possibly on Veterans Day, to showcase the us military's strength. The Veterans Day date means the parade will happen less than a week after election day, a day some have predicted will bring a "blue wave" of Democrats into office.

The parade will also feature period uniforms from the Old Guard Fife and Drum, a unit that parades in period uniform. Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most attractive parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave".

The memo outlining the parade does not mention its estimated costs.

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The memo was sent Thursday to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CNN reported.

The event "will focus on the contributions of our Veterans throughout the history of the U.S. Military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", according to the memo.

Trump praised the French display months later when he and Macron met in NY, saying: "We're going to have to try and top it".

Trump will reportedly be surrounded by military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients once the parade reaches the Capitol.

While the Pentagon memo did not include a cost estimate, the White House budget director recently told Congress taxpayers can expect to fork over $10 million and $30 million.

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