Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Military vehicles to roll through Washington in parade

Military vehicles to roll through Washington in parade

A new memo from the Pentagon shows that the parade is expected to happen on Veterans Day, in conjunction with the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, in Washington, D.C.

Pentagon plans call for "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", as they would tear up city roads.

The event will "include a heavy air component at the end of the parade", the memo said, meaning lots of airplane flyovers. It has been estimated that a major military parade, would cost anywhere from $10 to $30 million.

Several weeks after President Trump announced his desire for a military parade in the style of France (or, less charitably, various despotic regimes), plans for the event are coming into focus. The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be between $10m and $30m.

The parade route will stretch roughly one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the White House to the Capitol, where Trump will review his troops surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.

A leaked Department of Defense memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff highlights some of the details of the upcoming parade, according to CNN, which first obtained the memo.

The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit", Trump said of the parade during a Fox News interview last month.

The suggested plans do, however, call for a representation of veterans across US history and an air demonstration, according to a note from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's office at the Pentagon.

Military experts believe that President Trump wishes to show military might of United States to the world as China and Russian Federation do by holding their military parades. 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.

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