Details, Date of Trump's Military Parade Revealed

11 March, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

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.

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

The parade Trump was referring to is the Bastille Day parade he attended past year in Paris.

The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.

The planned route for the parade will be from the White House to the Capitol Building, which is 1.8 miles long.

"This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the U.S. Military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1212 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", the memo reads.

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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.

Organizers also reportedly hope to "highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning, while the Northern Command will carry out the execution. Plans also outlined the appearance of a Fife and Drum unit as well as air components.

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

Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the memo said. In addition to military equipment, the parade will include pageantry, with veterans dressed in period 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.

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