(CNSNews.com) – President Trump ended an Independence Day celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday evening with a call to unity, and a declaration that Americans “are all made by the same almighty God.”
The president earlier recalled significant moments in the nation’s 243-year history, military and otherwise, from the War of Independence to the defeat of ISIS’ “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
As he recounted major achievements by the different branches of the military, aircraft of each, including a U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber, U.S. Navy F-35Cs, and Coast Guard helicopters, flew overhead.
Bringing his remarks towards a close, Trump drew a thread from the past, through the present, and to a future which he painted in optimistic terms.
“Nearly 250 years ago, a volunteer army of farmers and shopkeepers, blacksmiths, merchants, and militiamen, risked life and limb to secure American liberty and self-government,” he said.
“This evening we have witnessed the noble might of the warriors who continue that legacy. They guard our birthright with vigilance and fierce devotion to the flag and to our great country.”
“Now we must go forward as a nation with that same unity of purpose. As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great history, as long as we never, ever stop fighting for a better future, then there will be nothing that America cannot do.”
Trump said Americans will “always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies, and soared into the heavens.”
Because we will never forget that we are Americans, and the future belongs to us.
The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud, and the free. We are one people, chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. We’ve all shared the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same almighty God.
From the banks of the Chesapeake, to the cliffs of California, from the humming shores of the Great Lakes, to the sand dunes of the Carolinas, from the fields of the heartland to the everglades of Florida, the spirit of American independence will never fade, never fail, but will reign for ever and ever and ever.
So once more, to every citizen throughout our land, have a glorious Independence Day. Have a great Fourth of July.