Trump’s Military Parade a “Go”…Just No Tanks

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The Department of Defense issued a guidance memo on Friday regarding the Military Parade requested by President Trump. The parade is set to be incorporated into the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11 in Washington DC. The memo is reportedly still a “work in progress” and was issued out of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ office.

President Trump had envisioned a parade of the size and magnitude of France’s Bastille Day Parade, which he and Melania attended in 2017. It won’t be exactly the same, but it should be an impressive display.

Members of every service branch will participate in the parade, but tanks will not be present, due to the possibility of damaging the roadways (infrastructure). Only “wheeled vehicles” will participate.

The parade will run from the White House to the Capitol. Veterans and Medal of Honor recipients will be invited to stand with the President in the reviewing stand.

The Pentagon has shifted the focus of the parade away from the “raw military” power the President originally envisioned, and placed the emphasis on American history, veterans and their contributions over the years.

“The 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.” DoD memo

The parade will also highlight the history of women in the Armed Forces from the separate divisions of the past to current integrated ones. There was no mention in the memo of whether Black and Native units will also be represented in the same fashion.

Period costumes will be utilized, and the Old Guard Fife and Drum unit will be participating as well. At the end of the parade, plans for a “heavy air component” that will have both modern and older aircraft, as available, during a fly-over.

The “initial guidance” memo was sent to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for further planning and implementation.

Democrats have tried to stop this parade by introducing legislation against it. Stop a parade? Military members routinely participate in parades around the nation on holidays. Stopping this parade could stop any parade, depending upon how the bill was worded.


Featured photo: France’s Bastille Day Parade with US troops

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  • Gary

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is interested in participating. Does anyone have a POC for coordination with the parade committee?

    • Faye Higbee

      WE don’t have a POC yet, but you could try the National Guard in DC- their commander, Brigadier General Baker, is in charge of all DC events. I don’t know for sure whether they’ve got that far in the planning yet. But give it a shot.

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