Saturday, 22 September, 2018

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

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade Trump's military parade planned for Veterans Day - without tanks
Andy Castillo | 11 March, 2018, 01:54

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.

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. There won't be any tanks in consideration of Washington's roadways, but the plan calls for wheeled military vehicles to roll through the streets.

When news first broke of Trump's intention to hold a large military parade, it was met with bipartisan disapproval over its potential cost and resemblance to events put on by dictators in countries like North Korea.

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".

Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

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Last month Trump asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris previous year.

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".

The memo did not include a cost estimate.

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

During a press briefing at the White House in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, "I think we're all aware, in this country, of the President's affection and respect for the military".

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