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President Donald Trump will get his military parade on Veterans Day this year, but it will not include heavy military vehicles like tanks because of the potential damage it could do to Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, according to a Pentagon planning memo.

Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

"We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", about the cost of the parade and the resources that would be diverted to make it happen.

It will correspond with Washington's annual Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans "from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom", according to the memo.

Trump has sought a military-style parade since attending a Bastille Day parade in Paris with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.

In a memo, it said tanks would not be involved to help limit damage to roads.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", said a military official told The Washington Post on February 6.

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.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France. 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. "We have a great country and we should be celebrating our country", he told Fox News Channel in a recent interview.

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