It’s not exactly going to resemble Trooping the Colour or many of the Cold War era parades that were more or less raised tail feathers daring the world to show theirs, but on the Fourth of July in the nation’s capital, President Donald Trump has ordered a military display called “Salute to America” that is meant to show off our hardware.
On Monday, tanks, actual combat level tanks, appeared on the streets in Washington, D.C.
An Associated Press photographer spotted the two M1A1 Abrams tanks, along with four other military vehicles, in a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington. A military official earlier told the AP that the tanks were transported north from Fort Stewart in Georgia….
The vehicles include M1A1 Abrams tanks, the type currently used by American armed forces, as well as Sherman tanks, the kind commonly used during World War II, according to the president. Having tanks rolling down the streets of D.C. had raised concerns due to their weight, with the Abrams tanks weighing upwards of 60 tons each. Trump acknowledged these concerns Monday, without offering many details.
“You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks,” Trump said Monday. “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.”
New Sherman tanks, named for the Civil War general who burned Atlanta, Georgia, and a good percentage of the rest of the south, to the ground? Yeah, those will rip up asphalt pretty quickly.
In addition to the Pentagon showing off all of our “proud ofs,” there will be fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial, and a speaking venue where President Trump will address the crowds in attendance. Naturally, the Democrats are not happy about this as they are considering it a campaign rally ahead of the 2020 election season, but really, how often do taxpayers get to see all the toys we finance for the military?
And why should we be shy about showing them off on the day we celebrate shaking off the grip of the British Empire?