Reports have surfaced that the Pentagon has issued a memo with guidance for President Trump‘s proposed military parade scheduled for Veterans Day.
The memo, which was obtained by CNN, says the parade will go from the White House to the Capitol. It goes on to say that it will include soldiers dressed in period uniforms. Trump will view the event while surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients in the Capitol’s reviewing area.
CNN reported that on Thursday, the Defense Department sent the memo to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The memo came after Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, gave the president’s instructions for the parade to the Pentagon last month.
According to the report, the Joint Staff will be in charge of planning the event in a way that integrates the parade into Washington’s planned Veterans Day festivities on Nov. 11.
The memo said that the Northern Command will be charged with executing the event.
The parade will feature a “heavy air component” of planes set to fly over onlookers at the end of the demonstration. Along with antique planes, a band of soldiers in Revolutionary War period uniforms will reportedly march in the parade.
The memo went on to state that the parade will not include tanks, but only wheeled vehicles. Some had expressed doubts about tanks rolling through downtown Washington, D.C., raising fears about heavy machinery damaging roads.
Trump floated the grand military demonstration, which officials have estimated could cost between $10 million and $30 million, after witnessing the Bastille Day parade in France last summer.
Several Republicans have suggested the funds could be better spent on military supplies or veterans services.
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Credit: The Hill