Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Thanks but no tanks: Trump's military parade will not include heavy vehicles

Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks President Donald Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit Wednesday
Ebony Burgess | 11 March, 2018, 03:02

A new memo from the Pentagon shows that the parade is expected to happen on Veterans Day, in conjunction with the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, in Washington, D.C. Also participating will be veterans groups and the ceremonial Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

The parade will cost taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief has said. 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".

"This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the USA military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", adds the guidance from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Defense Department had earlier said it was planning for "around" that date, which is known in the United States as Veterans Day and in other countries as Remembrance Day marking the end of World War I.

Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris last July. The preliminary plan calls for Trump to be surrounded by Medal of Honor recipients and veterans in a viewing area.

Free agent CB Sherman to visit 49ers
He ranks fourth in team history in interceptions with 32 behind only Dave Brown (50), Eugene Robinson (42) and John Harris (41). The 29-year-old cornerback was released by the Seahawks Friday and had dinner with Kyle Shanahan that night in the Bay Area.

The Joint Staff will be responsible for planning, while the Northern Command will carry out the execution.

It looks as though President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington.

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

"Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country", Trump said.

Trump, who did not serve in the Vietnam war after receiving five draft deferments, has long spoken of his admiration for military figures such as Gen George Patton and frequently makes reference to "my generals".

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