Trump's military parade, minus the tanks, set for Veterans Day

Pentagon issues memo with guidance for Trump's military parade

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official reportedly said.

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.

CNN saw a Pentagon memo outlining plans for the demonstration, and apparently it will include "wheeled vehicles only" and no tanks.

While the cost of the parade and celebrations haven't been revealed, NPR reported that it could cost as much as $50 million.

President Trump will be getting his military parade on Veterans Day, according to a new Pentagon memo. The last time the USA 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 letter, dated Thursday and addressed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives guidance for planning "a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade" in Washington on November 11.

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Military parades are also a highlight of the calendar in Moscow and Pyongyang but are rare in the United States, where displays of patriotism usually take the form of flag-waving, fireworks and grilled hot dogs.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said the planned parade demonstrates the "president's affection and respect for the military".

"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.

"Tanks but no tanks!" it tweeted last month. "We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country", he told Fox News Channel in a recent interview. Trump will view the event while surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients in the Capitol's reviewing area. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.

Mr Trump had asked the military to organise a showcase back in January.

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