While the Pentagon memo did not include a cost estimate, the White House budget director recently told Congress taxpayers can expect to fork over $10 million and $30 million. Some of those considerations included preventing the parade, which will likely integrate with Washington D.C.'s holiday parade, from featuring tanks and noting that it should include "a heavy air component ... to include older aircraft as available".
Since taking office, Trump has frequently touted his support for the United States military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts. A leaked Department of Defense memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff highlights some of the details of the upcoming parade, according to CNN, which first obtained the memo.
The parade will focus on the contributions of veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from second world war to the present, according to the memo.
The idea came to him after attending the Bastille Day celebration a year ago with French President Emmanuel Macron.
"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it, but the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I", Trump said while calling in to a Fox News show in late February.
The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations". "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe".