President Trump's Military Parade Will Not Go Full Authoritarian

Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks

President Donald Trump's requested military parade will likely take place on Veterans Day and stretch between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, a Pentagon memo from this week shows.

However, a Pentagon memo declared the parade to be excluding tanks in order to lessen the impact inflicted on roads.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France.

The parade will also feature "a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available". 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.

While the cost of the parade and celebrations haven't been revealed, NPR reported that it could cost as much as $50 million.

The parade will focus on the contributions of US veterans throughout the history of the military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and will highlight the evolution of women veterans from World War II to the present, according to the memo. The last time the United States saw such a parade was in the year 1991, when Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces were thrown out of Kuwait in the Gulf War.

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.

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The White House's budget chief has said the event will cost taxpayers up to $30m (£21m). The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

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

One major element that will be missing from the festivities: tanks.

"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.

"We're all aware in this country of the President's affection and respect for the military", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said February 7".

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