President Trump Speaks at 4th of July Celebration CSPAN July 4, 2019 6:33pm-7:38pm EDT
>> present arms. o say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched streaming?lantly and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there -spangledes that star
i wish each and every one of you a happy independence day on this truly historic fourth of july. today, we come together as one nation with this very special salute to america. we celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag, the brave men and women of the united states military. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we are pleased to have with us vice president mike pence and his wonderful wife karen. [cheers and applause] we are also joined by many hard-working members of congress. acting secretary of defense mark esper, and many other members of my cabinet, and also the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff gerald joe dunford. thank you. thank you.
thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: lieutenant general of the national guard and distinguished leaders representing each branch of the united states armed forces. the army, navy, air force, coast guard, marines, and very soon, the space force. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: as we govern this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that all extraordinary heritage. together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told, the story of america. it is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true. it is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future, and it is the saga of 13 separate colonies
that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived. ourhis day 243 years ago, founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare independence and defend our god-given rights. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: thomas jefferson wrote the words that forever changed the course of humanity. be hold these truths to self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." [cheers and applause] pres. trump: with a single sheet of parchment and 56 signatures,
america began the greatest political journey in human history. but on that day, the patriots who were determined the ultimate success were 100 miles away in new york. there, the continental army prepared to make it stand, commanded by the beloved general george washington. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: as the delegates debated the declaration in philadelphia, washington's army watch from manhattan as a massive edition basing -- invading fleet loomed dangerously across new york harbor. the british had come to crush the revolution in its infancy. washington's message to his troops laid bare the stakes. he wrote, "the fate of unborn millions will now depend under
god on the courage and conduct of this army. we have therefore to resolve to conquer or die." [cheers and applause] pres. trump: days later, general washington ordered the declaration read aloud to the troops, the assembled shoulders -- soldiers just joint, and an excited crowd running down broadway. they toppled a statue of king george and melted it into bullets for battle. the faraway king would soon learn a timeless lesson about the people of this majestic land. freedom, ande our no one will ever take it away from us. [cheers and applause]
pres. trump: that same american spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. to this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every american patriot. it lives on in each and every one of you here today. ands the spirit, daring, defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. it is its strongest now. [cheers and applause] [chanting "usa"]
pres. trump: that same righteous american spirit forged our glorious constitution, that rugged american character led the legendary explorers lewis and clark on their perilous expedition across an untamed continent. it drove others to journey west and stake out their claim on the wild frontier. devotion to our founding ideals led american patriots to abolish the people of slavery, secure civil rights, and expand the blessings of liberty to all americans. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: this is the noble purpose that inspired abraham lincoln to rededicate our nation to a new birth of freedom and to resolve that we will always have a government of, by, and for the people.
[cheers and applause] our quest for greatness unleashed a culture of discovery that led thomas edison to imagine his lightbulb, alexander greenbelt to create the telephone, the wright brothers to look through the sky and see the next great frontier. for americans, nothing is impossible. [cheers and applause] exactly 50 years ago this month, the world watched in as apollo 11 astronauts launched into space with a wake of fire and nerves of steel and planted our great american lag on the face of the moon -- american flag on the face of the moon. half a century later, we are thrilled to have tonight the nassau fight -- flight director
who led mission control during that historic endeavor, the renowned jean krantz -- gene krantz. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: i want you to know that we are going to be back on the moon very soon, and someday soon we will plant the american flag on mars. [cheers and applause] our nation's creativity and genius lit up the lights of broadway and the soundstages of hollywood. it filled the concert halls and airwaves around the world with the sound of jazz, opera, country, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues. it gave birth to the musical,
the motion picture, the western, the world series, the super bowl, the skyscraper, the suspension bridge, the assembly line, and mighty american automobile. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it led our citizens to push the bounds of medicine and lions to save the lives -- of medicine and science to save the lives of million. thus tonight -- with us tonight is with a doctor. 99% of children with leukemia died. . thanks largely to his breakthrough treatments, currently 90% of those with the most common childhood leukemias survive. great american a hero, thank you. [cheers and applause]
pres. trump: americans always take care of each other. that love and unity held together the first pilgrims. it forged communities on the great plains. it inspired clara barton to found the red cross, and it keeps our nation thriving today. here tonight from the florida panhandle is tina belcher. her selfless generosity over three decades has made her known to all as missus angel. every time a hurricane strikes, missus angel turns her tiny kitchen into a disaster relief center. on a single day after hurricane michael, she gave 476 people a warm meal.
missus angel, your boundless heart inspires us all. thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. days,ur earliest americans of faith have uplifted our nation. this evening, we are joined by sister deirdre byrne. sister byrne is a retired surgeon who served for nearly 30 years. on september 11, 2001, that sister raced to ground zero through smoke and debris . she administered first aid and comfort to all. today, sister burned runs -- sister byrne runs a medical clinic in our nations capital. thank you for your lifetime of
service. thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: our nation has always honored the heroes that serve our communities. the firefighters, first responders, police, sheriffs, ice, boulder -- border patrol, and the brave men and women of law enforcement. [cheers and applause] wes. trump: on this july 4, pay special tribute to the military service members who laid down their lives for our nation. we are deeply moved to be in the presence this evening of goldstar families whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice. thank you. [cheers and applause]
pres. trump: thank you very much. throughout our history, our country has been made ever greater by citizens who risked it all for equality and for justice. theyears ago this summer, woman's suffrage movement led congress to pass the kinds -- the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: in 1960, a thirst for justice led african-american students to sit down at the woolworth lunch counter in a greensboro, north carolina.
it was one of the very first civil rights sit ins, and it started a movement all across our nation. clarence henderson was 18 years old when he took his place in history. almost six decades later, he is here tonight in a seat of honor. clarence, thank you for making this country a much better place for all americans. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: in 1963, reverend martin luther king jr. stood here on these very steps and called on our nation to live out the true meaning of its creed and let freedom ring for every citizen all across our land. hasica's fearless resolve
inspired leaders who defined our national character, from george washington, john adams, and betsy ross. to frederick douglass. the great frederick douglass. amelia earhart, douglas macarthur, dwight eisenhower, jackie robinson, and of course, john glenn. [cheers and applause] our. trump: it has willed warriors up mountains and across minefields. it has liberated consonants, split the atom, and brought tyrants and empires to their knees. here with us this evening is earl morse. after retiring from the air force, earl worked at a va hospital in ohio. earl found that many world war ii veterans could not afford to visit their memorial on the national mall, so earl began the very first honor flights, that
have now brought over 200,000 world war ii heroes to visit america's monument. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: earl, thank you, we salute you. thank you. thank you thank you, earl. our patriots running all the way back to the first souls who fought and won american independence. today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of american freedom rests in the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it. we are proudly joined tonight by heroes from each branch of the u.s. armed forces, including three recipients of the congressional medal of honor.
thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: they and served -- theyense distinction and thousands before us and immense distinction. now it is your chance to join our military and make a truly great state of life, and you should do it. we will now begin our celebration of the united states armed forces, honoring each history,unique service, and distinct legacy. secretary mark andr, secretary of defense, chairman dunford, head of the
joint chiefs of staff, please join me. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: in august of 1790 by request of george washington and alexander hamilton, congress established a fleet of 10 swift vessels to defend our shores. wouldrevenue cutters fight pilots, stop smugglers, and safeguard our borders. they are the ancestors of our faithful coast guard. [cheers and applause] when our ships were seized and sailors kidnapped by foreign powers in 1812, it was a revenue cutter, the swift schooner thomas jefferson that swept into
capture the first bustle of the war. when 265 whalers were trapped in alaskathe ice fields of -- and the ice fields of alaska were closing up, officers tracked 1500 miles through the frozen frontier to rescue those starving men from certain death. guard mannedcoast landing craft for invasions in the pacific. when the enemy attacked u.s. marines from the shores of aquatic and now, coast guard single women douglass -- single man douglas munroe used his own boat to shield his comrades from pounding gunfire. munroe gave his life. hundreds of marines were saved. hise lay dying on the deck, final question embodied devotion that sales with every coast guardsman. did they get off? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: on d-day, the coast
guard's famous match buckley -- matchbox served through every hour of the amphibious invasion -- the most famous and for bs vision in the history of our country. still, the coast guard braved death and put our boys on utah and omaha beaches. [cheers and applause] every coast guardman is trusted to put service before all. coasties plunge from helicopters and barrel through pouring rain and crashing waves to save american lives. they secure our borders from drug runners and terrorist, in rough seas. sharpshooters take out smugglers with a single shot. they never miss. when the red racing stripes of a coast guard vessel rake the chopper when their
blades pierce the sky, those in distress no help is on the way and our enemies know their time has come. [applause] >> these governors -- they stand sent for -- semper peratus. they are already ready -- always ready. they are the united states coast guard. an hh60 soon see and -- helicopter, along with an hh65 dolphin from air station atlantic city and an ac 144 from air station miami. [applause] ♪
pres. trump: thank you to the coast guard. on a cold december morning in 1903, something occurred over the dunes of kitty hawk, north carolina, went to bicycle makers from ohio the five gravity with a 12 horsepower engine, wings made of cotton and a few dollars in their pockets. later, america was training its first pilots to take these machines up and over the field of battle. i, we rushed the
skies of europe and aces like eddie rickenbacker has details mitchell shared the promise of this technology and wrist court-martial -- risk a court-martial. court-martial. america stood in the way. we would not let it happen. [applause] harbor,ump: after pearl lieutenant criminal -- the tenant colonel james do litter -- james -- lieutenant colonel james doolittle and his crew showed a feat of american resolve. roosevelt said, the nazis built a fortress around europe,
but they forgot to put a roof on it. we crushed them all from the air. 177 liberator bombers flew dangerously low through broad daylight to cripple the nazi war machine. more than 300 air men gave their lives to destroy the enemy. five pilots were awarded the congressional medal of honor for their actions in that single rate. yeager, whon chuck first broke the sound barrier. it was airman like buzz aldrin who traded their jets for rockets to the stars. our air men today who wields the most powerful weapon systems on the planet. years, no enemy air
force has managed to kill a single american soldier because the skies belong to the united states of america. no enemy has attacked our people without being met by a roar of thunder. there are some who did farewell to earth and sort to the wild blue yonder. they are the united states air force, representing the air force, you will soon see beautiful, brand-new, f 22 raptors from langley air force base. one magnificent b-2 stealth bomber from missouri. ♪
john paul jones, america's first world -- first naval hero said, i was to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, so i intend to go in harm's way. he got his wish many times, when his ship was shot into pieces off the coast of england by a british vessel and her four dozen guns. when demanded to surrender, he very famously declared, i have not yet begun to fight. [applause] pres. trump: when our navy begins fighting, they finished the job. the war of 1812, captain james lawrence felt with his brothers on the uss josephine. his dying command gained immortality. don't give up the ship.
in the battle of mobile bay, admiral david farragut lashed himself to the rigging of his flagship to see beyond the cannon smoke, crying and the torpedoes, full speed ahead. in world war ii, it was -- u.s. aviators launched from the carrier enterprise. midwaylled the skies of during the time of the pacific war. nobody could beat us or come close. on d-day, engineers came on shore to destroy blockades and barriers. many lost their lives, but they took the german defenses with and remained crushed up on the bases -- features like a mighty storm.
from the demolition units from world war ii arose a force that became famous in the mequon delta. they don't want to see our forces again. the very best of the very best, the navy seals. it was the seals who deliver vengeance on the terrorists who planned september 11. stranded --eals who stood ready to bring my tribute retribution to those who do us harm. they are forged by the sea. with traditions are rich the soul and blood of three centuries. every friend and foe knows that just assails those waters.
pres. trump: so great. in november of 1775, the continental congress created two battalions of a new kind of order. one who kept and would protect our ships and sailors and be at home with musket in hand. their versatility was proven in a war of independence when 234 continental marines conducted their first amphibious rate. capturing the british supply of gunpowder and cannons at port nassau. ever since, marines have fought in every war. the legend has grown and grown with each passing year. marines who won the
first overseas battle, vanquishing pilot -- pirates in tripoli. their high stiff collar, which shielded them earned them the immortal name, leatherneck. it was the marines who, after two long days of battle, marched through the halls of montezuma. who had heavyines casualties to keep the kaiser's troops back in world war i, earning the title, devil dogs. it was the marines who raised the flag on the black sands of iwo jima.
pres. trump: marines have struck fear into the hearts of our enemies and put solace into the hearts of our friends. marines always lead the way. after the 1983 marine barracks bombing, what claims the lives serviceman, u.s. the marine sergeant wayne bandages so badly wounded, barely a wife. when the common debt of the marine corps came to visit his hospital, he had to feel for the general's college. he wanted to feel this four stars. you cannot see or speak. paper,aled for pen and and with hand, he wrote, semper fi.
that motto, semper fidelis, always faithful, burns and the soul of every marine, a sacred promise the core is kept since the birth of our country. are the elite masters of air and land and sea on battlefields across the globe. they are the united states marines. representing the marine corps bh 92,ill be a brand-new soon to serve as marine one. ospreys,h two v 22 from theveined -- famed helicopter squadron at quantico, the nighthawks.
[applause] in june of 1775, the continental congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces and camped around boston and new york. great georgehe washington, commander in chief area the continental army , foundd a bitter winter glory across the waters of the delaware and seized victory from cornwallis of your town. our army manned the air. it ran the ramparts and took over the air force. it is everything it had to do. at fort mckendry, under the red glare, it had nothing but
victory. when don came, there star-spangled banner waived defiance. [applause] pres. trump: at shiloh, antietam and gettysburg, our soldiers gave the last full measure of devotion for the true unity of our nation. and the freedom of all americans. in the trenches of world war i, and are resurgent named alvin york faced an inferno of enemy fire and refused to retreat. he said, i will not leave or stop. he shot his rifle 18 times, killing 18 of the enemy. one a fixed bayonets and charged, he killed seven more. the entire sherman -- german machine gun battalion surrender because of alvin york.
a generation later, the army returned to europe and embarked withthe great crusade knives and rifles in hand. they scaled the cliffs of normandy, the 101st airborne like into the danger from above. all enemy flares, explosions and burning aircraft. they threw back to not see and -- nazinot see empire empire. the darkness of the battle of on every, with nazis side, one soldiers reported to have said, they've got us surrounded again the poor investors. -- poor bastards. warriorsed, american fought through the bunkers of pork chop hill and how the line
of civilization in korea. in vietnam, the first cavalry made a stand inside of a forest consumed inflame with enemies everywhere. the army about america's righteous fury down to al qaeda and afghanistan and cleared the bloodthirsty killers from their caves. they liberated fallujah and mosul and help the blood rate the isis caliphate -- they helped obliterate the isis caliphate. through centuries, our soldiers have pointed toward home, proclaiming this will defend. they live by the creed of double this macarthur. -- douglas macarthur. they are the greatest soldiers unearthed. -- on earth.
pres. trump: nearly 250 years ago, a volunteer army of farmers , blacksmiths, militiamen, wrist life and limb to secure liberty and self-government. 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. we must go forward as a nation with that same unity and purpose. as long as we stager to our roots and remember our great history and never stop fighting for a better future, there will be nothing america cannot do. [applause]
pres. trump: thank you. whoill always be the people defeated a tyrant. sword into the heavens. that we arer forget americans and that the future belongs to us. future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free. we are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. we all share the same heroes, made heart, and we are all
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, but will reign for ever and ever. [applause] more, so everyce citizen has a glorious independence day, have a great fourth of july.
i want to thank the army band, the national parks service, the interior department, the incredible pilots overhead, and those who are making possible the amazing fireworks display. plays, panic and lady,- i invite the first vice president and mrs. pence to serve as secretaries and military leaders to join me on stage for one more salute to blueca by the famous angels. god bless you and god bless the military and god bless america. happy fourth of july. ♪
♪ if tomorrow all the things were gone i worked all my life and i had to start again with just my children and my wife i thank my lucky stars to be living here today 'cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away. and i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who
died who gave that right to me and i'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today doubt windin't i love this land god bless the usa. from the lakes of minnesota to the hills of tennessee across the plains of texas from sea to shining sea to houston, down and new york to l.a. s pride in every american heart and it's time we stand and say, that i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me i and --
and i'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the usa. ♪ and i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i want forget the men who died who gave that right to me and i'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her here today use there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the usa ♪ [applause] ♪
>> if you missed any of the president's remarks, we show them again tonight at 9:15 eastern here on c-span. ♪ c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. theay morning we talk about state of health care in the u.s., including proposals by democratic presidential
candidates and the trump administration's measures. and then, the recent supreme court decision regarding partisan gerrymandering and efforts to push for nationwide ranked choice voting. watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern friday morning. host gallup has been asking this question since-- either extremer very proud to be americans marks the lowest response rate. here is how it broke down. those who said they were extremely proud of, 45% of respondents. this is the second consecutive year that finding is below the 50% level. 25% saying they are very proud, .8% saying moderately proud 3% saying they are not at all