President Donald Trump on Monday, July 8, said that the administration is planning a repeat of the Salute to America Fourth of July festivities.

Trump said it was “a wonderful day for all Americans” and that, “based on its tremendous successes,” his administration has “made the decision to do it again next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future.”

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“Standing on the steps of the great Lincoln Memorial and looking out on the crowds, these incredible, big, beautiful crowds braving the weather all the way, back to the Washington Monument. We celebrated freedom and all its magnificence while saluting our great military. It was something really special,” he said.

The president added, “It was a wonderful day for all Americans, and based on its tremendous success, we’re just making the decision. I think we can say we’ve made the decision to do it again next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future.”

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave as they arrive onstage at the Salute to America event July 4, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Shealah Craighead/Official White House Photo)

The highlights from President Trump’s Salute to America

This Fourth of July, President Trump stood just below the Lincoln Memorial steps and delivered an Independence Day address to a crowd stretching across the National Mall and all the way to the Washington Monument.

“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,” President Trump said.

“Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told: the story of America.”

First Lady Melania Trump waves as she and President Donald J. Trump arrive onstage at the Salute to America event on July 4, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

From the Founding Fathers to modern-day heroes, that story is composed of Americans who have made sacrifices large and small for this nation.

“That same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history,” President Trump said. “It lives on in each and every one of you here today.”

A crowd reaches up with their cellphone to take pictures of military aircraft flying above the Lincoln Memorial during the Salute to America event on July 4, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Andrea Hanks/Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

At its heart, Salute to America showcased the revived strength and vigor of U.S. armed forces. Each of the five military branches featured flyovers along the National Mall, and the event concluded with an incredible run by the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

“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,” the president said. “This evening, we have witnessed the noble might of the warriors who continue that legacy.”

Video: Salute to America 2019 – Lincoln Memorial

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