1,700 US soldiers to join Trump on Independence Day celebrations

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On Independence Day, around 1,700 troops will support the Department of the Interior with celebrations in Washington D.C

On Independence Day, around 1,700 troops will support the Department of the Interiorwith celebrations in Washington D.C

WASHINGTON: The Department of Defense will provide troops to support President Donald Trump’s Independence Day celebrations the Pentagon announced on Friday.

On Independence Day, around 1,700 troops will support the Department of the Interior with celebrations in Washington D.C. Flyovers will be held in cities including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, said, “The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution.,” Mitchell said. “The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital.” Also Read– Satellite images show China expanding at India-China Border

The announcement did not specify which aircrafts would be used in the flyovers but added that, “Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.”

“The exact timing of the flyovers is still being worked and will be announced soon,” the statement reads. 

Independence Day flyover celebrations last year were showcased using the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, and the B-2 stealth Bomber.

The announcement of the troops support comes just a day after the Government Accountability Office released a report that the Trump government’s celebrations last year cost double that of previous years which is about $13 million in taxpayer dollars.

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Much of the increase was “attributable to the cost for (the Department of Defense) to transport several vehicles to the National Mall” and “the production and execution of the Salute to America event,” according to the GAO.

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