President Donald Trump has requested a military parade, similar to the one he attended on Bastille Day last summer in France (pictured here), likely to be held in Washington, D.C. this fall.
However, it will play the host to "a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available". It also said the parade will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" and that "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".
It added that the parade would focus on the contributions of USA military veterans throughout history, starting from the American Revolutionary War. The last time the United States saw such a parade was in the year 1991, when Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces were thrown out of Kuwait in the Gulf War. The Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will also make an appearance.
The letter, dated Thursday and addressed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives guidance for planning "a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade" in Washington on November 11.
The parade will cost taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief has said.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said the planned parade demonstrates the "president's affection and respect for the military".
In the memo, the Joint Staff are tasked to plan the parade, while U.S. Northern Command is instructed to execute it.
But it won't resemble the Bastille Day celebration in France that Trump had leaned on for inspiration.
Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most lovely parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave".
The organizers call for the parade to display the changing role of women in the military, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".