Trump's Military Parade Set for Veterans Day, Will Include Heavy Air Component

Trump's Military Parade Set for Veterans Day, Will Include Heavy Air Component

The Pentagon appears ready to fulfill President Donald Trump's dream of carrying out a military parade in Washington D.C., according to a guidance memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense obtained by NBC News on Friday. Some had expressed doubts about tanks rolling through downtown Washington, D.C., raising fears about heavy machinery damaging roads.

Trump ordered the Pentagon to plan a massive military parade reflecting American military power and the spirit of the American people, The Washington Post reported early last month.

While sketching out guidelines for the parade, the memo further announced it would "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimise damage to local infrastructure".

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has also estimated the display could cost upward of $30 million. "America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don't need to show it off".

The parade is set for November 11, which is also Veteran's Day. 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.

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Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. It will close with a "heavy air component", which officials hope will include older planes. Trump's parade will integrate with the DC Veterans Day parade and Medal of Honor recipients will reportedly surround the president in the Capitol's viewing area.

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

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen".

USA military parades are usually only used to mark victory at the end of a war.

The parade Trump was referring to is the Bastille Day parade he attended previous year in Paris.