President Trump’s military parade is a go!
But there’s a caveat.
President Donald Trump will get his military parade, but it is unlikely to mirror the Paris Bastille Day event which inspired him as it will not involve any heavy military vehicles like tanks to avoid doing damage to the streets of Washington, according to a Pentagon planning memo shown to CNN.
The Pentagon memo sent to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was issued on Thursday and outlined the initial guidance on how Trump’s sought after parade, scheduled for November 11 — Veterans Day — will look.
The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War to today “with an emphasis on the price of freedom.”
“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 cost of freedom,” the memo for the Joint Chiefs of Staff states. Think the red jackets, gray wigs and black tricorner hats that the Army Old Guard’s Fife and Drum Corps wear for celebrations and re-enactments.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave planners several matters to consider, according to the memo. They include: the route, from the White House to the Capitol; formations of troops “wearing period uniforms,”; and the use of “wheeled vehicles only, no tanks — consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.”
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