Details of Trump's military parade drop … there aren't any tanks

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.

His original vision for the parade, in which soldiers would march down boulevards alongside tanks, was expected to cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said last month. There won't be any tanks in consideration of Washington's roadways, but the plan calls for wheeled military vehicles to roll through the streets.

The parade is set for November 11, which is also Veteran's Day.

While the cost of the parade and celebrations haven't been revealed, NPR reported that it could cost as much as $50 million.

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Several weeks after President Trump announced his desire for a military parade in the style of France (or, less charitably, various despotic regimes), plans for the event are coming into focus. It will close with a "heavy air component", which officials hope will include older planes.

Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will execute the parade. The route will be from the White House to the U.S. Capitol Building. In addition to military equipment, the parade will include pageantry, with veterans dressed in period uniforms. In addition to France's Bastille Day celebration in July, China held a huge military parade last summer, and in May, Russian leaders organised a large military parade through Red Square.

Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most attractive parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave".

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 in February. We've been putting together some options.


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