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Donald Trump to get military parade in Washington, but without any tanks

DoD focusing on November 11 for Trump’s proposed military parade
A spokesperson for the Pentagon told reporters Thursday that the Department of Defence is targeting November 11 as the date for President Trump's prposed military parade in Washington, D.C.

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington – though he may have to settle for no tanks.

A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday and released Friday says the parade being planned for Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks – consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.” Big, heavy tanks could tear up District of Columbia streets.

But the event will “include a heavy air component at the end of the parade,” meaning lots of airplane flyovers. Older aircraft will be included as available.

The memo from the office of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis offers 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. Northern Command, which oversees U.S. troops in North America, will execute the parade.

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Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France’s Bastille Day celebration in the centre of Paris last July. As the invited guest of French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many U.S.-made planes, along the famed Champs-Elysees.

IN PHOTOS: France’s Bastille Day Parade that captivated Donald Trump’s attention

French Air Forces passed the Concorde during the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I.
French Air Forces passed the Concorde during the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I. Photo by Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 14: the traditional Bastille day military parade, French "Garde Republicaine" on the Place de la Concorde on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I. (Photo by Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images).
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 14: the traditional Bastille day military parade, French "Garde Republicaine" on the Place de la Concorde on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I. (Photo by Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images). Photo by Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images
 U.S President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I.
U.S President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I. Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images
The Special Military School of Saint-Cyr Legion march during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017.
The Special Military School of Saint-Cyr Legion march during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017. Xinhua/Chen Yichen via Getty Images

Trump praised the French display months later when he and Macron met in New York, saying, “We’re going to have to try and top it.”

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But outdoing the French may be difficult without any tanks.

Trump thinks the parade, which some lawmakers in both political parties have criticized, would boost the spirit of America.

“We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country,” he told Fox News Channel in a recent interview.

The Pentagon memo did not include a cost estimate for the parade. The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be between $10 million and $30 million.

WATCH: U.S. President Donald Trump was the guest of honour at France’s annual Bastille Day commemorations in Paris on Friday, as it also marked 100 years since the U.S. joined the First World War.
President Trump takes in massive Bastille Day celebrations in Paris
President Trump takes in massive Bastille Day celebrations in Paris

The parade will focus on the contributions of American veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from World War II to the present, according to the memo.

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Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the memo said.

–with files from Rebecca Joseph, Global News