Donald Trump to get military parade, but no tanks

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

Less than a month after the Trump administration unveiled a fiscal 2019 budget that included $3 trillion in cuts, United States defense officials late Friday released plans for the parade which has been scheduled for November 11, Veteran's Day.

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

However, it will play the host to "a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available".

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

The parade Trump was referring to is the Bastille Day parade he attended previous year 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 route will stretch roughly one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the White House to the Capitol, where Trump will review his troops surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.

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President Donald Trump's wish for a military parade in Washington on Veterans Day has been granted.

The memo, obtained by CNN, detailed the plans for the parade.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France.

"This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the US Military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", the memo said.

The Joint Staff is in charge of organizing the event, while the Northern Command will execute it on the day of. The parade will also highlight the evolving role of women in the military.

During a press briefing at the White House in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, "I think we're all aware, in this country, of the President's affection and respect for the military".

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

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