United States military parade to be held on Veterans Day

President Donald Trump.   Lucas Jackson  Reuters

To minimize damage to Washington's streets, the parade will include only wheeled vehicles - and not the heavy military vehicles, like tanks, that line the streets of Paris on Bastille Day, according to a Pentagon memo released Friday and first obtained by CNN.

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.

President Donald Trump's wish for a military parade in Washington on Veterans Day has been granted.

The parade will also include a "heavy air component", the memo said, with military planes flying overhead at the end of the parade. And many are calling for the unallocated funds that will be spent on the vanity project - estimates from the Pentagon are in the $30 million range - to be invested in America's 40,000 homeless veterans instead. The last time the U.S. saw such a parade was in the year 1991, when Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces were thrown out of Kuwait in the Gulf War.

"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 cost of the parade, however, remains unclear.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

The Joint Staff will reportedly oversee the planning of the procession, while Northern Command, which oversees USA troops in North America, will carry it out.

"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.

Trump will reportedly be surrounded by military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients once the parade reaches the Capitol.

In practice, that means "period uniforms", re-enactments and even the use of an "old guard fife and drum", the memo says.

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