President Trump's Military Parade Planned for Veteran's Day


The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.

Trump has discussed a parade to show off military strength since he paid a visit to Paris last July and observed the French Bastille Day parade.

The procession - meant to be a fearsome display of American military might - will roll down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capital to the White House, according to a memo obtained by CNN that was sent by the Pentagon to the the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, giving initial guidance for the parade. And many are calling for the unallocated funds that will be spent on the vanity project - estimates from the Pentagon are in the $30 million range - to be invested in America's 40,000 homeless veterans instead.

"I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud", The Hill quoted Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, as saying.

First time in modern history, military parade will be held in Washington DC. The last time the United States saw such a parade was in the year 1991, when Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces were thrown out of Kuwait in the Gulf War.

But he said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" in order to protect the roads of Washington.

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The Joint Staff is in charge of organizing the event, while the Northern Command will execute it on the day of.

"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it".

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".

Now President Trump is getting his wish. Plans also outlined the appearance of a Fife and Drum unit as well as air components.

The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".