“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear. If we allow ourselves to lose our voice, we will lose what it means to be an American. Racism cannot defeat racism. Evil cannot defeat evil. Every American is responsible for his or her actions, not those of their ancestors or identity group.”
President Donald Trump presided over a brief White House south lawn ceremony honoring the United States and military men and women on Tuesday in lieu of a previously planned event that members of the Philadelphia Eagles dropped out of, Breitbart reports.
The United States Marine band played and the U.S. Army Chorus sang the National Anthem for the crowd. Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike Kelly attended the event and all received thanks from the President.
The Pledge and National Anthem at today’s White House event that became a tribute to America and those who serve pic.twitter.com/vzW8R7YNIH
— Michelle Moons (@MichelleDiana) June 5, 2018
President Trump hit the blunt truth on why Americans should stand for the playing of the National Anthem:
We stand to honor our military, and to honor our country and to remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home. We stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent Constitution. We stand to pay tribute to the incredible Americans who came before us and the heroic sacrifices they made.
America’s a great nation, a community, a family. And America is our home and we love our home.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
The people present at the White House gathering were honored and filled with patriotism as President Trump began talking about the military and our soldiers, past and present, being honored, “Some of them are right here. Many of them are looking down right now at our country and they are proud.”
“So we stand together for freedom. We stand together for patriotism. And we proudly stand for our glorious nation under God.”
The Philadelphia Eagles, by AMERICAN tradition, were supposed to go to the White House however, the Eagles decided to Protest Trump and the White House and not go. The White House changed the event to honor America and the military.
One heckler that arose early on was booed down by other attendees. At least two guests at President Donald Trump’s event on Tuesday to highlight why Americans stand for the national anthem, which replaced the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII ceremony, opted to take a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House.
The event closed with the band playing “God Bless America” and audience members waving small American flags in the air.
President Trump fired back Tuesday amid the Philadelphia furor over his decision to disinvite the Eagles from a White House event, touting a patriotic ceremony being held instead and declaring: “No escaping to Locker Rooms!”
“We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!” President Donald Trump
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!