Tanks not included in plans for Trump's military parade

Sean Reid
March 11, 2018

President Donald Trump told cabinet members he wanted to have a military parade in Washington D.C. back in February.

The event will "include a heavy air component at the end of the parade", the memo said, meaning lots of airplane flyovers.

The memo says only aircraft and "wheeled vehicles" will be used - no tanks - to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".

Many observers were quick to compare Trump's plans to China and North Korea, even though the parade was inspired by France's Bastille Day Parade, but Trump is apparently planning a very different kind of parade.

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".

Other guidance show the parade will be integrated with the annual Veterans Day parade in Washington, D.C. and follow a route from the White House to the U.S. Capitol.

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 did not include a cost estimate.

Medal of Honour recipients and veterans' organisations are to be included in the march, which, according to the memo, will feature a heavy dose of history.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress last month that the parade could cost taxpayers up to $30 million.

The Joint Staff will reportedly oversee the planning of the procession, while Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will carry it out.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France. Also participating will be veterans groups and the ceremonial Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

Trump was apparently inspired to throw a military parade after attending France's Bastille Day celebration in France previous year.

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit", he added.

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