Details of Trump's military parade drop … there aren't any tanks

Details of Trump's military parade drop … there aren't any tanks

The parade is being planned for Veterans Day on November 11, although heavy tanks are prohibited from the procession since they might destroy the streets of Washington, D.C.

But he said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" in order to protect the roads of Washington.

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 past year.

But the event will "include a heavy air component at the end of the parade", meaning lots of airplane flyovers.

According to CNN, which obtained the memo, the parade will feature military aircraft, but not heavy military vehicles like tanks.

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The memo outlining the parade does not mention its estimated costs. The last time the USA saw such a parade was in the year 1991, when Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces were thrown out of Kuwait in the Gulf War. "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. In addition to military equipment, the parade will include pageantry, with veterans dressed in period uniforms.

"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of United States veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported. "But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump told Fox News last month.

The memo stated the military parade route will start at the White House and run down to the Capitol, adding that veterans and Medal of Honor recipients will surround Trump in the reviewing area of the Capitol.

The memo, dated Thursday, indicated "a list of planning considerations" from Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In addition to France's Bastille Day celebration in July, China held a huge military parade last summer, and in May, Russian leaders organised a large military parade through Red Square.