Military vehicles roll through DC for Fourth of July celebration
Preparations for President Donald Trump's "Salute to America" Fourth of July parade are underway, as evidenced by numerous sightings of military vehicles in the streets of Washington, DC, on July 2, 2019.
Infantry variants of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV), an armored transport vehicle, were sighted crossing a bridge and moving down streets on top of a large truck:
In addition to the BFVs, M1 Abrams tanks were also sighted in recent days:
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's 'Salute to America' event for Independence Day, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) @AP_Images
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The BFV, which is crewed by three troops and has a range of 300 miles, weighs around 25 tons. City officials raised concerns over the weight of the tracked military vehicles in the weeks leading up to the event.
"Tanks but no tanks," the Council of the District of Columbia tweeted.
President Trump's decision to use military assets — including fighter jets and M1A1 Abrams tanks — for his celebration has been scrutinized for being too costly, creating flight restrictions at local airports, and the possibility of road damage caused by heavy vehicles.
"We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display — brand new," President Trump said on July 1, 2019. "We're going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, DC. It'll be like no other."
It would not the first time armored vehicles have rolled through Washington, DC. A National Victory Celebration event that included fighter jets and armored vehicles was held in the capitol following Operation Desert Storm in June 1991. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy all touted the country's military forces in a grand parade during their inaugurations.
"You'll see them moving through your neighborhood, but don't panic," a US Army spokesperson said to WUSA on July 2, 2019.
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