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Washington, Jul 5 (Canadian-Media): In a tribute to America's 244th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, United States (US) President Donald Trump, with his wife amidst paratroopers floating to the ground greeted the audience at the South Lawn of the White House with a vow to protect and preserve American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America, media reports said.
US Declaration of Independence. Image credit: Facebook page
In spite the officials' requests across the country to curb their enthusiasm for large Fourth of July crowds, Trump in his speech, amids fireworks paid a tribute to front-line medical workers and others central in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and added the event was a tribute to the "tremendous courage and spirit" of front-line workers and the public in the pandemic.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Official website
But the crowds were much thinner compared to last year's jammed celebration on the Mall.
"We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and the people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing," he said. "We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children.
He did not mention about 130,000 deaths in the country who died from COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump criticized segments of the population who do not support him, and condemned those who had torn down statues including the Republicans who think some of the Confederate figures and memorials should be removed.
Trump added that America's past is not a burden to be cast away.
Trump traveled to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota for a fireworks display on night of July 3 near the mountain carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
In a presidential message earlier on July 4, Trump acknowledged that "over the past months, the American spirit has undoubtedly been tested by many challenges."
His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, said in a statement that the US "never lived up" to its founding principle that "all men are created equal," but today "we have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country."
Due to the confirmed rising cases of pandemic in 40 states, with 52,300 newly reported infections in the US on July 3 according to Johns Hopkins University, many communities decided to scrap fireworks, parades and other holiday traditions in hopes of avoiding yet more surges in infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warned that mass gatherings like the one scheduled for Washington present a high risk for spread of the virus.
Being impatient, Trump had been pushing the big city mayors to the farthest to see the nation return to normalcy.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said she didn't have the right to shut down the holiday spectacle because it's on federal land, reported by CBC news.
But she warned the federal government about the dangers of such a large crowd and told her constituents: "Just because someone invites you to a party doesn't mean you have to go."