Tanks not included in Trump's parade

Tanks not included in Trump's parade

A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday (March 8) and released Friday says the parade being planned for November 11, Veterans Day, will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure". The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be between $10m and $30m. A few weeks later, news broke that the event would be held on Veteran's Day.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", said a military official told The Washington Post on February 6.

The parade should "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", the letter said, as "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

Trump, who did not serve in the Vietnam war after receiving five draft deferments, has long spoken of his admiration for military figures such as Gen George Patton and frequently makes reference to "my generals".

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The memo said the parade will focus on the contributions of USA veterans from the Revolutionary War up to the current wars, emphasizing "the price of freedom".

The memo was sent Thursday to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CNN reported.

President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. First reports of plans for a parade came out last month when The Washington Post reported that Trump had met with high-ranking officials and told them he wanted a parade "like the one in France".

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. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", Trump said in September.

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