WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump's supporters and opponents faced each other during a hot and rainy fourth of July, Trump emphasized vacation issues and paid tribute to the military in a speech that largely avoided politics.

"Our nation is stronger today than ever before," Trump said at one point in his speech at the Lincoln Memorial, repeating a claim he had often made during the campaign.

"As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great story, and as long as we do not stop fighting for a better future, there will be nothing America can not do," Trump said during his Salute event to America ".

On that day a parade took place, military overflights, a display of tanks and demonstrations. Trump supporters and demonstrators gathered in Washington from Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to the National Mall. No major violence was reported, although at least one fight broke out on a flag burning in front of the White House.

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While telling the story of George Washington and other revolutionaries who defeated the British over two centuries ago, Trump also chose every branch of the modern day He also discussed US accomplishments, from Alexander Graham Bell over the telephone to the Wright Brothers and the plane, and introduced a number of invited guests, the flight director.

at the first moon landing in 1969 up to families with golden stars, who in battle ge loved people had lost.

The backdrop reflected the program's military theme as tanks were displayed on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, including one in front of the lectern. Air Force One flew against a cloudy twilight sky as President and First Lady Melania Trump boarded the makeshift stage in front of the memorial.

In various places, sometimes in light rain, Trump paused in his speech to allow overflights on various equipment, from Coast Guard helicopters to a B-2 stealth bomber.

The 47-minute remarks ended with a military band and a choir performing a performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic". During the event, the band played the marching songs of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Trump, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass rain shield, also noted that he was standing near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 1963 speech, "I have a dream."

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