United States military parade to be held on Veterans Day

United States military parade to be held on Veterans Day

A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday (March 8) and released Friday says the parade being planned for November 11, Veterans Day, will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War.

The memo said military aircraft will also fly overhead at the end of the parade. Notably absent are military tanks and any other military vehicle without wheels, but the parade will feature an air display and soldiers in period costumes.

Military parades are not common in the USA and are usually held to celebrate war victories.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, has estimated that parade could cost as much as $30 million.

It comes after Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, gave the president's instructions for the parade to the Pentagon last month. It will close with a "heavy air component", which officials hope will include older planes.

The planned route for the parade will be from the White House to the Capitol Building, which is 1.8 miles long.

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The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning, while the Northern Command will carry out the execution.

Soon after that, Trump told Fox News that he would forgo the idea if it could not be done at a "reasonable cost", which might help explain the decision to integrate the new parade with one that exists.

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

Trump was delighted by France's Bastille Day celebration during a visit to Paris last July, and praised the parade months later, saying, "We're going to have to try and top it".

Organizers also reportedly hope to "highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

The parade Trump was referring to is the Bastille Day parade he attended previous year in Paris.

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