Friday, 17 August, 2018

Trump will get the military parade he wanted - just not the tanks

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade Trump's military parade plans come into focus: planes, but no tanks
Scott Davis | 11 March, 2018, 01:55

It looks like President Donald Trump is getting his military parade, but don't expect to see any tanks rolling down the streets of Washington, D.C.

The event will include "no tanks", but it will play host to "a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available", the memo states.

The memo, with Thursday's date, says its objective is to "provide initial guidance for the planning and execution" of a procession that would run from the White House to the Capitol and integrate with the city's annual Veterans Day parade.

But it will not feature tanks rolling between the White House and Capitol to "minimize damage to local infrastructure", the memo says.

Military experts believe that President Trump wishes to show military might of U.S. to the world as China and Russian Federation do by holding their military parades.

Trump had directed the Pentagon to plan a parade for later this year, possibly on Veterans Day, to showcase the us military's strength.




It added that the parade would focus on the contributions of US military veterans throughout history, starting from the American Revolutionary War.

The parade route will run from the White House to the Capitol, and the president will be surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients in the reviewing area.

The memo did not include a cost estimate.

The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning the parade and Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will be responsible for executing it, according to the memo, which was signed by US Navy Capt. Hallock Mohler Jr., the executive secretary for the office of the secretary of defense.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France.

President Donald Trump's wish for a military parade in Washington on Veterans Day has been granted. The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be between $10 million and $30 million. The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

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