Donald Trump to get military parade, but no tanks

President Donald Trump.   Lucas Jackson  Reuters

The Pentagon has begun preparing for President Trump's requested military parade in Washington, D.C., but preliminary plans suggest it won't involve any tanks like the Bastille Day celebration that inspired it.

The parade will also include a "heavy air component, " the memo said, with military planes flying overhead at the end of the parade.

"Consideration must be given to minimise damage to local infrastructure", the memo notes, adding that there will be "wheeled vehicles only".

President Donald Trump is a step closer to getting his fervently wished for military parade, which is expected to cost taxpayers between $10 and $30 million.

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.

It will correspond with Washington's annual Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of USA veterans "from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom, " according to the memo.

Critics have argued that a parade could cost millions of dollars at a time when the Pentagon wants more stable funding for an over-stretched military. Northern Command, which oversees USA troops in North America, will execute the parade. Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most handsome parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave". The organizers also call for veterans to wear different periods' uniforms and perform reenactments.

The commander in chief will watch from a reviewing stand by the Capitol surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.

"But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump told Fox News last month.

"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 was apparently inspired to throw a military parade after attending France's Bastille Day celebration in France a year ago.

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