Trump celebrates ‘strongest’ U.S. with military flyovers, patriotic revelry

President Trump hailed America’s‘ “extraordinary heritage” and the Founding Fathers who paved the way to the nation’s rain-soaked 243rd birthday Thursday, ignoring ample rain and controversy to reshape the capital’s July 4 festivities into a military-heavy showcase on the cusp of his reelection campaign. “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now,” Mr. Trump said at his “Salute to America” address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Mr. Trump’s speech had the feel of an AP history exam at times, charting a course through U.S. history from “beloved general” George Washington to Lewis and Clark’s journey, Abe Lincoln’s fight to heal the nation and Thomas Edison’s lightbulb. He offered an ambitious vision of his own, predicting the U.S. would return to the Moon and soon plant a flag on Mars. Mr. Trump paid special attention to female suffragists and black Americans who led the Civil Rights Movement, though servicemen and women received the most praise. “Today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of American freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it,” Mr. Trump said. The president called acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper onto the stage for photo-ready flyovers from each of the military’s branches. Gathered supporters craned their necks as stealth bombers and other planes roared overhead. All in all, Mr. Trump stuck to praise of America’s ideals and luminaries, avoiding the type of partisan speech that critics feared, though he repeated his boast of routing the Islamic State from Iraq and Syria. “100% gone,” Mr. Trump said. A rousing rendition of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a flyover from the Blue Angels capped it off, wowing the crowd.

And it was truly epic!  For more, click on the text above..  Happy Independence Day!!    🙂

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