Less than a month after the Trump administration unveiled a fiscal 2019 budget that included $3 trillion in cuts, USA defense officials late Friday released plans for the parade which has been scheduled for November 11, Veteran's Day.
The memo, with Thursday's date, says its goal is to "provide initial guidance for the planning and execution" of a procession that would run from the White House to the Capitol and integrate with the city's annual Veterans Day parade.
"Include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure", the memo said.
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"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 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".
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Trump's military parade is estimated to cost around $30 million in taxpayer money, according to Politico.
The memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered initial planning guidance to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose staff will plan the parade along a route from the White House to the Capitol and integrate it with the city's annual veterans' parade.
There will be no tanks at America's military parade, however - likely a disappointment to Trump who was enamored by the heavy armor that rumbled through the streets of Paris last July when he watched France's Bastille Day celebration. The Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will also make an appearance.
"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it".
"Veterans and Medal of Honor recipients should be surrounding POTUS in the reviewing area at the Capitol", the memo reads, using an acronym for president of the United States.