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

President Donald Trump.   Lucas Jackson  Reuters

President Donald Trump. Lucas Jackson Reuters

The parade is being planned for Veterans Day on November 11, although heavy tanks are prohibited from the procession since they might destroy the streets of Washington, D.C.

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.

Military experts believe that President Trump wishes to show military might of USA to the world as China and Russian Federation do by holding their military parades.

The parade will not include tanks but only wheeled vehicles, the memo stated.

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 event will not include tanks to avoid damaging local infrastructure, according to the leaked Petagon memo, but the celebration will include a "heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available".

The planned route for the parade will be from the White House to the Capitol Building, which is 1.8 miles long.

In other words, heavy tanks could tear up the streets of DC and will thus not be allowed to rumble past the president on his reviewing stand.

Organizers also reportedly hope to "highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it, but the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Mr. Trump said last month.

Military parades are rare in the U.S. despite boasting the world's most powerful armed forces.

Despite the increase, the Trump administration in late 2017 tried to slash funding for homeless vets, until advocates noticed and stirred up enough support to get the decision reversed. It comes after Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, gave the president's instructions for the parade to the Pentagon last month.

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