Report: Trump Will be Getting Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Ave. Without Tanks

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• March 9, 2018 9:32 pm


President Donald Trump will get his military parade on Veterans Day this year, but it will not include heavy military vehicles like tanks because of the potential damage it could do to Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, according to a Pentagon planning memo.

The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for Nov. 11, will look, according to CNN.

The memo said the parade will focus on the contributions of U.S. veterans from the Revolutionary War up to the current wars, emphasizing "the price of freedom." It also said the parade will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" and that "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure."

It will, however, involve "a heavy air component" with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade, including older aircraft "as available," the memo said.

The parade will also feature period uniforms from the Old Guard Fife and Drum, a unit that parades in period uniform.

The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning the parade and Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will be responsible for executing it, according to the memo, which was signed by US Navy Capt. Hallock Mohler Jr., the executive secretary for the office of the secretary of defense.

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.

"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it. But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I," Trump told Fox News last month.

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit," he added.