It’s Actually OK to Be Proud of the Military on Independence Day

The Daily Signal | 7/3/2019 | Staff
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Thomas W. Spoehr, a retired Army lieutenant general, is director of the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation.

Some are hyperventilating over reports that this year’s annual Independence Day celebration in Washington will feature remarks by President Donald Trump, military flyovers, and stationary displays of Army equipment, including tanks.

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The Washington Post highlighted the increased costs of the event and expressed anxiety over how there was a chance that tanks and other heavy equipment could damage the grounds surrounding the National Mall.

Time magazine, referring to the celebration as “controversial,” said it “blurs the lines between politics and the military, and offers visuals reminiscent of Chinese or Russian events.”

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National Public Radio described its frantic search to find the true cost for the celebration and quoted Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., saying, “There’s going to be a big price tag for this, and the taxpayers will have to pick up the tab.”

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., echoing Van Hollen, speaking about the cost said, “We haven’t heard anything. It’s disturbing.”

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But 4th of July celebrations have been taking place on the National Mall for at least 38 years and have typically featured live performances by the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, the National Symphony Orchestra, and other nationally known performers. They always feature world-class fireworks and a big parade.

So, why the sudden interest in the cost of the celebration.

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Is adding a flyover—the same thing we do for big football games—and a stationary display of a handful of tanks—really grounds for extraordinary consternation and newfound frugality on the part of congressional leaders?

Do we even remember the reason we celebrate Independence Day? It was the day our nation declared its independence from Great Britain.

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