Pentagon issues memo with guidance for Trump's military parade

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Sent to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday, a Pentagon planning memo showed that President Donald Trump's military parade will focus on honoring veterans and emphasize the "price of freedom".

The event, which will take place November 11, will include troops from different branches, highlight the growing role of women in the armed forces and have a "heavy air component" of modern and historic war planes, the memo says.

The parade should "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", the letter said, as "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure". Big, heavy tanks could tear up District of Columbia streets. Older aircraft will be included as available.

The Joint Staff will reportedly oversee the planning of the procession, while Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will carry it out.

Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris last July. The idea came to him after attending the Bastille Day celebration past year with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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The memo also noted that the parade should honor veterans service organizations, including the Medal of Honor Association, and "highlight the evolution of women" in the military. It comes after Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, gave the president's instructions for the parade to the Pentagon last month.

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. We've been putting together some options.

"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.

Apparently, this celebration of the American military will also feature soldiers in Revolutionary War uniforms.

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