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President Trump's Military Parade Planned for Veteran's Day

President Donald Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit Wednesday President Donald Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit Wednesday
Lindsey Cook | 11 March, 2018, 01:49

Military parade will be held on the instruction of President Donald Trump who had directed Pentagon to hold a large-scale military parade to contributions of veterans throughout the history of the United States military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today.

Pentagon plans call for "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", as they would tear up city roads.

It will, however, involve "a heavy air component" with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade, including older aircraft "as available", the memo said.

When news first broke of Trump's intention to hold a large military parade, it was met with bipartisan disapproval over its potential cost and resemblance to events put on by dictators in countries like North Korea.

"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.

"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 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", Capt. Hallock Mohler wrote in the memo.

The memo outlining the parade does not mention its estimated costs.

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

CNN reports the Joint Staff will plan the parade and Northern Command will execute it.

One element of the parade will highlight the evolution of women in the military from World War II to the present, according to guidance.

Among the list of "planning considerations" was to merge the event with the annual Veterans Day Parade in Washington, and to have it run from the White House to the Capitol.

In practice, that means "period uniforms", re-enactments and even the use of an "old guard fife and drum", the memo says.

"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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