President Trump may have not yet received a thunderous military parade down the streets of Washington D.C. to commemorate Independence Day, but he will use fighter jets and twin pair of M1 Abrams tanks, Sherman tanks, and a pair of Bradley Fighting Vehicles during this year’s celebrations.
The president announced that the land vehicles would be used in a static exhibit for July Fourth celebrations as the fighter jets will fly overhead.
“We are going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington D.C.,” Trump said, answering a question from a reporter on his July Fourth plans. “It will be like no other. It will be special. And I hope a lot of people come. And it is going to be about this country and it is a salute to America.”
“I am going to be here and I am going to say a few words. And we are going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world, and other planes too,” the president continued. “And we are going to have some tanks stationed outside.”
“You have got to be pretty careful with the tanks, because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks, so we have to put them in certain areas. But we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks. we have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display — brand new,” Trump said.
“We’re very proud of it,” the president added, speaking of the Abrams tank. “You know we are making a lot of new tanks right now. We are building a lot of new tanks in Lima, Ohio — out great tank factory that people wanted to close down until I got elected and I stopped it from being closed down and now it is a very productive facility — it is the greatest tank in the world, the Abrams.”
Pres. Trump says "brand new" tanks will take part in this year's July 4th celebration in Washington, D.C.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2019
ABC News reports, “M1 Abrams tanks form the backbone of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ armored tanks and are built at a facility in Lima, Ohio.”
According to a defense official, there will be two M1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on “static display” at the National Mall. Ever since seeing the 2017 Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, Trump has been taken with the idea of seeing armored vehicles parading through the streets of Washington as part of a similar military review.
Plans to use military armor as part of a called-off 2018 Veterans Day parade were stymied after local D.C. officials said the treads on armored vehicles could eat into the city’s paved roads. That parade was canceled by Trump after cost estimates had ballooned to $92 million.
The Department of the Interior announced last week that military bands and the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team will also participate in this year’s celebration.
According to multiple defense officials each of the military services will be contributing aircraft as part of the flyovers in the nation’s capital.
The list includes two Marine MV-22 Ospreys, the new VH-92 Marine One aircraft — which is not yet on active duty — one of the Boeing 747’s that serves as Air Force One, a B-2 stealth bomber, F-22 fighters, two Navy F/A-18E’s and two Navy F-35C Joint Strike Fighters.