Pentagon issues guidance for Trump-requested parade: no tanks

Pentagon issues guidance for Trump-requested parade: no tanks

The United States Department of Defense is all set to fulfill President Donald Trump's dream of carrying out a military parade in Washington D.C. The route will be from the White House to the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Pentagon memo did not include a cost estimate for the parade.

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Despite the lack of tanks, the parade will feature "a heavy air component", with military air crafts flying overhead at the end of the parade. It also said the parade will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" and that "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure". In addition to France's Bastille Day celebration in July, China held a huge military parade last summer, and in May, Russian leaders organised a large military parade through Red Square.

"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", Executive Secretary Hallock Mohler Jr. wrote in a memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff obtained by NPR.

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"This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the us 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.

It is pertinent to mention that Department of State is planning to invite heads of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allied member states to watch the parade along with President Trump. First reports of plans for a parade came out last month when The Washington Post reported that Trump had met with high-ranking officials and told them he wanted a parade "like the one in France". "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe". The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

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Trump will reportedly be surrounded by military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients once the parade reaches the Capitol. It's scheduled for Veterans Day.

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