It is being reported that President Trump’s push for a military parade will happen, as the event is slated for Veterans Day weekend.
Trump was invited as an honored guest to witness a French military parade during his visit over the summer. The parade happened during France’s Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris last July, a date which is recognized as French National Day.
France reports, “As the invited guest of French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many U.S.-made planes, along the famed Champs-Elysees.”
BREAKING: Military parade requested by Trump will take place in Washington, D.C. on November 11; won’t include tanks to minimize damage to local infrastructure – REU
— BNO News (@BNONews) March 9, 2018
Here’s more from the report:
Trump praised the French display months later when he and Macron met in New York, saying, “We’re going to have to try and top it.”
Trump thinks the parade, which some lawmakers in both political parties have criticized, would boost the spirit of America.
“We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country,” he told Fox News Channel in a recent interview.
The military parade will take place in Washington D.C., but it will not feature tanks to “minimize damage to local infrastructure,” Politico reports.
Politico adds, “The event, which will take place Nov. 11, will include troops from different branches, highlight the growing role of women in the armed forces and have a ‘heavy air component’ of modern and historic war planes.”
“This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said, per the report.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 10, 2018
Also participating will be veterans groups and the ceremonial Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
The commander in chief will watch from a reviewing stand by the Capitol surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.
Yahoo News similarly reports, “Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.”
ABC News adds that the parade will start at the White House and conclude at the Capitol. The parade will also “include the Medal of Honor Association and other Veterans Service Organizations.”
New details from a Pentagon memo on the Nov 2018 #Veterans Day/military parade requested by @POTUS:
-from @WhiteHouse to the Capitol
-Trump surrounded by vets/medal of honor winners
-fife & drums
-heavy air component at the end pic.twitter.com/wKLFFsgRwe
— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) March 10, 2018
“Last month, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney gave a preliminary estimate of the parade’s cost to the House Budget Committee of between $10 to $30 million,” the report adds.
Check it out:
President Trump’s military parade will march on…but with some changes pic.twitter.com/7eqDqN8bzz
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 10, 2018