Trump's Military Parade Set for Veterans Day, Will Include Heavy Air Component

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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". Plans also outlined the appearance of a Fife and Drum unit as well as air components.

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

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

Critics have largely panned the idea since Trump proposed it earlier this year, worrying that it would be a display of authoritarianism, carry a hefty price tag - tens of millions of dollars by some estimates - and damage the roads in Washington D.C.

The parade should "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", the letter said, as "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

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But the event will include plenty of airplane flyovers, according to a memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose staff will be in charge of planning the parade.

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".

President Donald Trump has requested a military parade, similar to the one he attended on Bastille Day last summer in France (pictured here), likely to be held in Washington, D.C. this fall. Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the memo said.

Trump was inspired by the Bastille Day Parade in France and called on the Pentagon to come up with an American parade. "But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump told Fox News in February.

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit", he added.

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