Pentagon issues guidance for Trump-requested parade: no tanks

11 March, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Angel Logan
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A new memo from the Pentagon shows that the parade is expected to happen on Veterans Day, in conjunction with the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, in Washington, D.C. And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.

"We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", about the cost of the parade and the resources that would be diverted to make it happen.

CNN saw a Pentagon memo outlining plans for the demonstration, and apparently it will include "wheeled vehicles only" and no tanks.

Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris in July.

The planned parade is meant to highlight the contributions veterans have made "throughout the history of the U.S. Military", the letter said, dating from the Revolutionary War to present day, "with an emphasis on the price of freedom".

The last time Pennsylvania Avenue hosted a full-fledged military parade was after the Gulf War ended in 1991.

The letter asked for the inclusion of the Medal of Honor Association, as well as Veterans Service Organizations, and to have veterans and Medal of Honor recipients standing around President Trump at the Capitol.

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. And, Trump had told the Washington Post in January 2017 that he wants to put the military on display.

The Defense Department had earlier said it was planning for "around" that date, which is known in the United States as Veterans Day and in other countries as Remembrance Day marking the end of World War I.

Trump was inspired by the Bastille Day Parade in France and called on the Pentagon to come up with an American parade.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said after news got out.



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