America’s Independence Day had been celebrated by US President Donald Trump on Thursday with an unprecedented display of the country’s military force at a parade in the national capital.
From the past 70 years, Trump became the first US President to deliver an Independence Day sermon which the Opposition Democratic leaders criticized for what they alleged politicization of the country’s proclamation of independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.
Along with the First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, his cabinet colleagues, and top military leadership, Trump in his speech to thousands of people said this was an occasion to honour the US soldiers and generals.
US President said “Today we come together as one nation. With this very special salute to America. We celebrate our history by people and the heroes who proudly defend our flag, the brave men and women of the United States military,”
In his ‘Salute to America’ speech, Trump said the same American spirit that emboldened the country’s founders has kept its people strong throughout its history.
He said “To this day that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit, daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. it is its strongest now,”
The President unlighted the forthcoming anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He remembered Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director from that mission, and promised someday soon that the US will “plant the American flag on Mars”.
Trump identified each branch of the armed forces, noting the Space Force would soon be added. He also recognized law enforcement and Gold Star families.
Trump said “Our nation has always honoured the heroes who serve our communities. The firefighters, first responders, police, sheriffs… border patrol and all of the brave men and women of law enforcement. On this July 4th, we pay special tribute to the military service members who laid down their lives for our nation,”
Various separate flyovers of military aircraft took place as Trump spoke about the legacy of the armed forces.
Among other military equipment were M1A2 Abrams Tanks; M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles; M88 Recovery Vehicle and Contact Truck with the crew.
Trump said “On this July 4, we pay special tribute to the military service members who laid down their lives for our nation. We are deeply moved to be in the presence this evening of gold star families whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice,”.
Trump has been criticized by Opposition Democratic leaders for what they alleged politicization of the Independence Day of the United States.
Near the parade site, two protestors were arrested. Also, two secret service agents suffered minor injuries in a flag-burning incident outside the White House.Share this to your,