The United States Department of Defense is all set to fulfill President Donald Trump's dream of carrying out a military parade in Washington D.C. The route will be from the White House to the U.S. Capitol Building.
While sketching out guidelines for the parade, the memo further announced it would "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimise damage to local infrastructure". In addition to France's Bastille Day celebration in July, China held a huge military parade last summer, and in May, Russian leaders organised a large military parade through Red Square.
The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.
It added that the parade would focus on the contributions of USA military veterans throughout history, starting from the American Revolutionary War.
Trump's military parade is estimated to cost around $30 million in taxpayer money, according to Politico. The parade will also highlight the evolving role of women in the military.
The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.
In practice, that means "period uniforms", re-enactments and even the use of an "old guard fife and drum", the memo says. 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". Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, will execute the parade. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", Trump said in September.