Trump's Military Parade Is Set For Veterans Day

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To minimize damage to Washington's streets, the parade will include only wheeled vehicles - and not the heavy military vehicles, like tanks, that line the streets of Paris on Bastille Day, according to a Pentagon memo released Friday and first obtained by CNN.

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. 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.

A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday and released Friday says the parade being planned for November 11, Veterans Day, will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

The memo said the parade will focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War up to the current wars, emphasizing "the price of freedom".

The memo also noted that the parade should honor veterans service organizations, including the Medal of Honor Association, and "highlight the evolution of women" in the military.

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The parade route will run from the White House to the Capitol. Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most handsome parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave". And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.

But the event will include plenty of airplane flyovers, according to a memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose staff will be in charge of planning the parade. Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will execute the parade.

The parade will cost taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief has said.

Trump ordered the Pentagon to plan a massive military parade reflecting American military power and the spirit of the American people, The Washington Post reported early last month.

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