The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over the Washington Monument during a Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2019. (IAN COTTER/U.S. NAVY)
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over the Washington Monument during a Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2019. (IAN COTTER/U.S. NAVY)

Pentagon spent $1.2 million to support 'Salute to America' event on July Fourth

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — It cost the Pentagon about $1.2 million to fly aircraft and set up armored vehicles in support of the president’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall on July Fourth.

The Independence Day celebration raised concerns in the days leading up to the event partly due to its unknown costs to the military and the potential for political remarks by President Donald Trump during his speech.

The funding for the flying demonstrations came from the military services’ own training budgets designated for flying hours, “which are imperative to military readiness,” according to a Pentagon statement released Tuesday.

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