U.S. President Donald J. Trump saluted our nation’s warriors in a powerful speech on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4th where he proclaimed the contributions that U.S. military personnel have made to American freedom and history.
“Tonight, we will salute the greatness and loyalty and valor of the men and women who have defended our independence for 244 years. We will honor the amazing men and women of the United States military. Never in history has a nation used so much power to advance so much good,” President Trump said.
The speech part of the “2020 Salute to America” event where the president spoke about service members who have fought to defend the US should be remembered for future generations.
“These are great, great people. These are great, great heroes,” he said. “Our greatest leaders and heroes should be recognized and even immortalized for coming generations to see.”
Military achievements over the past year were highlighted as the president reminded our nation of the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as well as the strike that resulted in the death of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
The president also shared about efforts to rebuild and modernize the U.S. military.
“We have worked to fully rebuild the armed forces of the United States,” he said. “No enemy on Earth stands a chance. $2.5 trillion we’ve invested — all made in the USA. We’ve never had anything near the power in the equipment that we have right now — we did that over the last three years.”
At the conclusion of President Trump’s speech, military aircraft did a flyover with representative aircraft from military conflicts over the last 75 years, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Modern military aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter also performed flyovers.
Part of this event also included a cannon salute, and a parachute jump by the Army’s Golden Knights, who landed on the National Mall near the White House. The impressive flyover was followed by a fireworks show.
“Today we thank God for the gift of life and for the blessings of liberty,” We honor the legends of our history, the glories of our founding fathers and the giants of the past, and the heroes of today, who keep us safe, who keep us strong and proud, and who keep us free,” concluded the president.