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Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

President Donald Trump will get his much-anticipated military parade, but it will not include some of the biggest military hardware, according to a planning memo released late Friday by the Pentagon.

In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War.

And at the conclusion of the parade woukd be "a heavy air component" that, if possible, incorporates older aircraft, according to the outline.

The memo says only aircraft and "wheeled vehicles" will be used - no tanks - to "minimize damage to local infrastructure". Big, heavy tanks could tear up District of Columbia streets.

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.

"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of U.S. veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.

While public opinion has been divided on the value of such a parade, Pentagon officials said last month they were studying options to execute the event at Trump's bidding.

The planned route for the parade will be from the White House to the Capitol Building, which is 1.8 miles long. A few weeks later, news broke that the event would be held on Veteran's Day.

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

The memo also said the parade will "highlight the evolution of women veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

Outdoing the French may be hard without any tanks but Trump thinks the parade, which some lawmakers in both political parties have criticized, would boost the spirit of America.

The memo, dated Thursday, indicated "a list of planning considerations" from Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Along with antique planes, a band of soldiers in Revolutionary War period uniforms will reportedly march in the parade.

"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", Mr. Trump said last month.

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