Trump Will be Getting Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Ave. Without Tanks

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President Donald Trump will get his much-anticipated military parade, but it will not include some of the biggest military hardware, according to a planning memo released late Friday by the Pentagon.

It will, however, involve "a heavy air component" with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade, including older aircraft "as available", the memo said.

But he said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" in order to protect the roads of Washington.

President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the annual Bastille Day military parade in 2017.

"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of USA veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.

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

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The memo said the parade will focus on the contributions of USA veterans from the Revolutionary War up to the current wars, emphasizing "the price of freedom".

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. First reports of plans for a parade came out last month when The Washington Post reported that Trump had met with high-ranking officials and told them he wanted a parade "like the one in France". In addition to military equipment, the parade will include pageantry, with veterans dressed in period uniforms.

"We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country", he told Fox News in a recent interview.

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

CNN reports the Joint Staff will plan the parade and Northern Command will execute it.

During a press briefing at the White House in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, "I think we're all aware, in this country, of the President's affection and respect for the military".