Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

Less than a month after the Trump administration unveiled a fiscal 2019 budget that included $3 trillion in cuts, United States defense officials late Friday released plans for the parade which has been scheduled for November 11, Veteran's Day.

In a Pentagon memo released to CNN on Friday, the Department of Defense is now moving forward with a plan of a parade.

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.

In order to "minimize damage to local infrastructure" the event will not include any tanks, but will include a "heavy air component" featuring both modern and historic aircraft.

President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.

"It 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", according to the guidance memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

President Donald Trump's wish for a military parade in Washington on Veterans Day has been granted.

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The parade route will reportedly go from the White House to the Capitol.

While public opinion has been divided on the value of such a parade, Pentagon officials said last month they were studying options to execute the event at Trump's bidding.

Northern Command, which oversees USA troops in North America, will execute the parade.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has also estimated the display could cost upward of $30 million.

Trump praised the French display months later when he and Macron met in NY, saying: "We're going to have to try and top it".

The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

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