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.
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. Some of those considerations included preventing the parade, which will likely integrate with Washington D.C.'s holiday parade, from featuring tanks and noting that it should include "a heavy air component ... to include older aircraft as available". Such parades in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.
The parade, the first major one in the USA capital since 1991, will take place on November 11 in a salute to veterans, according to a Pentagon planning memo.
There will be no tanks at America's military parade, however - likely a disappointment to Trump who was enamored by the heavy armor that rumbled through the streets of Paris last July when he watched France's Bastille Day celebration.
"Members of Congress from both parties have been critical of the idea of a military parade, questioning its cost and necessity."
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The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning, while the Northern Command will carry out the execution.
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 preliminary plan calls for Trump to be surrounded by Medal of Honor recipients and veterans in a viewing area. Also participating will be veterans groups and the ceremonial Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
Trump praised the French display months later when he and Macron met in NY, saying: "We're going to have to try and top it".