Trump Will be Getting Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Ave. Without Tanks
11 March, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
The event, which will take place November 11, will include troops from different branches, highlight the growing role of women in the armed forces and have a "heavy air component" of modern and historic war planes, the memo says.
"Include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure", the memo added.
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 "highlight the evolution of women veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations", the memo says.
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. Older aircraft will be included as available.
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The planned route for the parade will be from the White House to the Capitol Building, which is 1.8 miles long. And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.
In the memo, the Joint Staff are tasked to plan the parade, while U.S. Northern Command is instructed to execute it. The preliminary plan calls for Trump to be surrounded by Medal of Honor recipients and veterans in a viewing area.
The idea for a parade appears to have been rekindled when the president visited Paris for Bastille Day in July and made no secret of his awe for the pomp and ceremony of the occasion.
"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it, but the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump said while calling in to a Fox News show in late February.
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.
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