Thousands of service members are expected to march in President Trump’s military parade in Washington, DC, this fall, ABC News reports.
According to a Pentagon official familiar with parade planning documents, between 5,000 to 7,000 service members could march in the event.
The parade is scheduled for Nov. 10 on Veterans Day weekend and is expected to feature 100 vehicles, 50 aircraft, and 100 horses. The procession will start at the US Capitol and end at the White House.
The Pentagon announced earlier this week that the parade, which Trump formally requested in January, will cost taxpayers about $12 million. Currently, there are 50 Pentagon staffers involved in the planning, but that the number is expected to increase to as many as 3,000 by the week of the event.
Earlier this year, Trump told Fox News that the military parade will be “great for spirit” in the military. “I think it’s great for spirit, the military loves it, they love the idea… we have a great country and we should be celebrating it,” he said.
Trump was inspired to host an event to showcase America’s military pride in the nation’s capital after he attended France’s Bastille Day parade in the Champs-Élysées last summer.
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