The Pentagon says that President Trump can have his stinkin’ military parade – but he can’t have his tanks!!
President Donald Trump will get his military parade, but it is unlikely to mirror the Paris Bastille Day event which inspired him as it will not involve any heavy military vehicles like tanks to avoid doing damage to the streets of Washington, according to a Pentagon planning memo shown to CNN.
The Pentagon memo sent to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was issued on Thursday and outlined the initial guidance on how Trump’s sought after parade, scheduled for November 11 — Veterans Day — will look.
The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War to today “with an emphasis on the price of freedom.”
This is just odd to me – the dude got the idea from the frickin’ French!!! Nothing good ever came out of the French except the Statue of Liberty and… croissants maybe. MAYBE.
The parade will “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks,” the memo said, adding that “consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.”
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.
The parade will also feature period uniforms from the Old Guard Fife and Drum, a unit that parades in period uniform.
I guess the problem I have with this is that it seems like it’s for the aggrandizement of Trump. We have plenty of events celebrating our military – can’t we just keep it that way? On the other hand, people flipping out and calling it Hitler-like are absurd.