Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump's military parade planned for Veterans Day - without tanks

Trump's military parade planned for Veterans Day - without tanks

The parade will focus on the contributions of veterans throughout the history of the USA military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from second world war to the present, according to the memo.

The event should include a "heavy air component", the memo continued, but tanks won't be permitted due to their potential to wreck city streets.

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.

As the invited guest of French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many US-made planes, along the Champs-Elysées. Trump will view the event while surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients in the Capitol's reviewing area. The Veterans Day date means the parade will happen less than a week after election day, a day some have predicted will bring a "blue wave" of Democrats into office.

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Trump has frequently touted his support for the United States military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts. The D.C. City Council had already tweeted its objections ("Tanks but No Tanks").

In February, Trump officially told his generals to start working on plans for the parade. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush hosted a US$12 million demonstration of military prowess after the end of the Persian Gulf war. 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.

Critics have largely panned the idea since Trump proposed it earlier this year, worrying that it would be a display of authoritarianism, carry a hefty price tag - tens of millions of dollars by some estimates - and damage the roads in Washington D.C.

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