Washington, DC, United States – US President Donald Trump has praised the military in his Independence Day speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC amid a display of military strength.
“We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag – the brave men and women of the United States military!” he said on Thursday.
Trump became the first US president in more than 70 years to deliver an Independence Day address as hundreds of people – both his supporters and opponents – gathered to celebrate the country’s declaration of independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.
Inspired by the exhibition of French military strength he witnessed while attending Bastille Day in Paris in 2017, the Republican president turned the event into a celebration of the US military.
The Salute To America event boasted flyover from army jets and helicopters, as well as a collection of armoured vehicles that included Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured vehicles.
Trump’s speech to the nation centred on the US’s military strength, lavishing extensive praise on each branch of the military, touting the armed forces and their history as the example of strength and unity to which ordinary citizens should aspire to.
“There will be nothing that America cannot do” as long as Americans remain true to their history and “never stop fighting for a better future,” said Trump. He also promised to plant the US flag on Mars.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA