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

Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks
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11 March, 2018

The Pentagon says a military parade requested by President Trump will take place in Washington on Veterans Day to honor those who have served in the military from the Revolutionary War through today.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official reportedly said. There won't be any tanks in consideration of Washington's roadways, but the plan calls for wheeled military vehicles to roll through the streets.

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

While the memo does not specify which aircraft will make up the aviation element, the instruction to seek out older aircraft may be a cost-mitigating measure.

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 USA military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", adds the guidance from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of USA veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.

"We're all aware in this country of the President's affection and respect for the military", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said February 7".

Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

Military experts believe that President Trump wishes to show military might of United States to the world as China and Russian Federation do by holding their military parades. Trump has sought a military-style parade since attending a Bastille Day parade in Paris with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.

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

The last time Pennsylvania Avenue hosted a full-fledged military parade was after the Gulf War ended in 1991.


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