Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Trump's military parade, minus the tanks, set for Veterans Day

Trump's military parade, minus the tanks, set for Veterans Day

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.

In a Pentagon memo released to CNN on Friday, the Department of Defense is now moving forward with a plan of a parade.

Parade guidance also calls for a heavy air component at the conclusion of the parade, "to include older aircraft as available". Officials said they are anxious about the possible damage that non-wheeled vehicles could infict upon Washington streets. Such parades in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.

The letter, dated Thursday and addressed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives guidance for planning "a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade" in Washington on November 11.

General Joe Dunford, who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in the memo: "This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the United States military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom".

While public opinion has been divided on the value of such a parade, Pentagon officials said last month they were studying options to execute the event at Trump's bidding.

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As planning continues, the memo gave no more details on the type of weaponry to be featured in the parade.

Apparently, this celebration of the American military will also feature soldiers in Revolutionary War uniforms.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said after news got out.

Last month Trump asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris a year ago.

The letter asked for the inclusion of the Medal of Honor Association, as well as Veterans Service Organizations, and to have veterans and Medal of Honor recipients standing around President Trump at the Capitol.

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