A army show, with just a few hitches.
It’s exhausting to not be impressed by the army may of the United States armed forces, and organizers had been attempting to assemble a show to match.
For these on the bottom, the principle points of interest had been purported to be the 2 M1A2 Abrams tanks, not removed from the Lincoln Memorial, and the M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles in entrance of the presidential stage. But if the president’s supporters had been hoping to catch a glimpse of them, they had been upset. The autos seemed to be contained in the V.I.P. part behind a chain-link fence.
In the air, fighter jets will embody the F-35 stealth fighter and the Navy’s Blue Angels, who will carry out within the sky. And one of the Boeing VC-25s that normally function the presidential plane is ready to roar over the National Mall.
Mr. Trump’s speech can be set to incorporate army leaders, although not everybody he requested might be there. The Pentagon was given just a few days’ discover that Trump wished by his facet all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all of the service secretaries.
Most of the Joint Chiefs had been on go away or on journey. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel of the Air Force, the pinnacle of the National Guard Bureau, had a long-scheduled journey to the Middle East that was on, then off, then on once more as of Wednesday. Another National Guard normal was tapped to attend.
Of the opposite chiefs, solely Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard commandant, is becoming a member of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Joint Chiefs. The others are on journey or on go away, and are sending deputies of their stead.
— Michael D. Shear and Eric Schmitt
Waiting for the ‘V.V.I.P.s’
By midafternoon, crowds had begun to swarm into the safe space for Mr. Trump’s speech. But one part, closest to the place Mr. Trump might be, was sparsely populated: the world reserved for army personnel and their households.