I'm a 91-year-old Korean War veteran who has always been immensely proud of our country, and a patriot who has always had a love and respect for our country.

I proudly served in the United States Air Force as a pilot from 1951 to 1955, and served another four years in the active reserve.

Together with the Marine Corps League, I helped restart the Fourth of July parade in Galveston in the early 2000s, and unless I was driving in the parade, have never missed watching the Fourth of July celebration in Washington on television, proudly standing when they played the national anthem and the Air Force song.

But not this year.

I will not watch Trump's self-aggrandizing tribute to himself rather than what's supposed to be a tribute to the founding of our great country. I will be watching the fireworks in Houston on television instead.

Bill Love

Galveston

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(40) comments

Carlos Ponce

As an American it is your right to watch - or not. You will miss a good show, Bill. As far as this being "Trump's self-aggrandizing tribute to himself" that's not correct. It honors the American military past and present. It honors our forefathers who fought to give us freedom. It honors you for your service to this country. We thank you for your service. It is not designed as a political statement as those on the Left purport. But the Left will be there trying to make it political with their anti-Trump caricatures and slogans.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, I see you got the talking points.

Carlos Ponce

I got the NEWS, not the talking points.

Carlos Ponce

And I was RIGHT!!!!!

Katrina Evenhouse

[smile]

Gary Scoggin

As Bill says, today is supposed to be about the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our Nation. Save the Military parade for Armed Forces Day.

Carlos Ponce

Military parades were used during President Eisenhower's ( Jan. 1953 and Jan. 1957) and President Kennedy's (Jan. 1961) Inaugural parades. FDR had an "At War Parade" on June 13, 1942. Truman had a WWII Victory Parade on January 12, 1946. Gulf War Victory Parade on June 9, 1991. Would you tell FDR, Harry S. Truman, George HW Bush Ike and JFK to wait until Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday of May? https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/us/american-military-parades/index.html

Carlos Ponce

There was a military parade on July 4, 1801 at Thomas Jefferson's White House. In addition there were horse races and cock fights. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/05/trump-wants-starring-role-july-th-jefferson-settled-punch-cake/?utm_term=.147afc85f58e

Charles Douglas

We had a slogan in Vietnam during the war there. We even had it printed on our Zippo lighters. It went like this: "For those who fought For It, freedom has the taste that the protected will never know!" Mr. Love certainly fits in that category as well myself and countless others who were blessed to make it back to the best country on earth! So, I respect his choice to criticise the President Of The United States. However, I do believe it is unwarranted. Trump is guilty of nothing but being born and getting started OUTSIDE the DC SWAMP! He is unconventional to be sure. He is also unpredictable and that is a fact, and is what makes him so effective on the world stage where other Presidents have failed miserably! How many Republican candidates in 2016 did we hear on TV say time and time again that "DONALD TRUMP WILL NEVER BE OUR NOMINEE!" It was unthinkable for a candidate who hailed from OUTSIDE the SWAMP to win the election, but he did. Then, up popped Comey, Lisa Page and her boy friend, Lynch, Rice, McCabe, and many others to uproot him out of office by any means necessary! I liked my slogan on my Zippo, and God got one too, it goes like this: "HE WHO DIGGETH A PIT, SHALL FALL THEREIN ..AND HE WHO ROLLETH A STONE, IT SHALL RETURN ONTO HIM AGAIN!" ( Proverbs 26:27 ). Nuff said! Enjoy your Fourth of July Holiday Mr. Love, for you, your family and those brave souls who marched off for the cause with you and I, but did not make it back to do what we do, say what we can say, or to go where we go!

Katrina Evenhouse

Maybe Mr. Love should wait until after The President's speech before he comments. It will be a great tribute to our Country. The first in a long time.

Carlos Ponce

Here's what Bill will be missing: (Local times Given): 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: National Independence Day Parade - mile long parade on Constitution Avenue featuring marching bands, military units, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: "Salute to America" at the Lincoln Memorial featuring U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Band. President Trump will speak. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: "A Capitol Fourth" from the West Lawn of the Capitol. Hosted by John Stamos with performances by Carole King, Vanessa Williams and "Sesame Street" characters.

Bill Broussard

Hello bill. Really miss you on Sunday mornings! Why not drop by this Sunday?

Bailey Jones

Thank you for your service, Mr. Love, and thank you for your opinion - you have earned it.

David Smith

There goes Trump again.. beating his own drum with those Sesame street characters... geez

Carlos Ponce

There will be drums beaten during the parade - but not by President Trump. And the Sesame Street Characters are there to appeal to the young and the young at heart. And they are just part of the cast which includes host John Stamos, Carole King, Lindsey Stirling, Vanessa Williams, Vanessa Carlton, the Broadway Cast of "Beautiful", Lee Brice, Keala Settle, "Gone West featuring Colbie Caillet, The O'Jays, Yolanda Adams, Laine Hardy, Maelyn Jarmon, Laura Osnes, Angelica Hale, Musicorps, Jack Everly, The National Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, The United States Army Band - "Pershing's Own", The US Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery in addition to the Muppets. Something for everybody. I am looking forward to Carole King and the O'Jays. How about you?

Jim Forsythe

Trump will speak for a hour and a half and it will not be political? Hope it does not end like Nixon's did! Already set for today, flag burning in protest,Baby Trump balloon and much more, The potential for this event to go bad is in place. Cost of the event? Just moving tanks will cost almost a million dollars. Last year, the president's attempts to hold a similar military-style parade around Veteran's Day were ultimately canceled after government officials estimated the proceedings would cost more than $90 million. Security costs — imagine what the costs will be for a president to be at the Mall. "Trump told reporters on Monday that the event will be “about this county and it’s a salute to America.” He said he hoped for a large turnout. Asked if he could give a speech to all Americans, Trump replied: “I think so, I think I’ve reached most Americans.” He went on to criticize Democrats on health care and taxation."------ President James K. Polk hosted fireworks at the White House. With thousands of people gathered to watch, some of the rockets were accidentally fired into the crowd. At least one person was killed.

Carlos Ponce

Baby Trump balloon will not be flying, Jim. "The permit...does not allow the balloon to be filled with any helium, only air, and the permit is not in the location we requested – within line of sight of the Lincoln Memorial where President Trump will be speaking," wrote CODEPINK in a press release. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/02/4th-july-baby-trump-blimp-might-not-fly-over-washington-d-c/1627109001/ And listen to the speech before passing judgement.

Gary Scoggin

So the Park Service will keep the President from seeing the Baby Trump Balloon just like the Navy kept him from seeing the USS John McCain. Nobody wants to upset the little snowflake, I suppose.

Jim Forsythe

The large Baby Trump will be filled with hot air. I did not pass judgment, just asked the question,"Trump will speak for a hour and a half and it will not be political?" Smaller, 2-foot replicas of the "Baby Trump" balloon will also be in DC. They will be sold near the Mall , “Baby Trump” balloons are to protest the president’s policies. Each will cost $3.

Carlos Ponce

"The large Baby Trump will be filled with hot air." That makes sense since Liberals have plenty. And you ARE passing judgement. You may be right, you may be wrong. You choose to pre-judge without hearing the speech.I did not see an inflated Baby Trump balloon. But I did see an inflated Uncle Sam Balloon! https://www.newsmaxtv.com/

Jim Forsythe

The large Baby Trump will be filled with hot air. " Trump will speak for a hour and a half and it will not be political? I did not give a answer, was just asking a question. You did not answer, can Trump speak for a hour and a half and not be political?-------------------------------------------------- Baby Trump flies! 12:30 p.m. EST An anti-war organization has put up a 20-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) diaper-clad balloon of an infant Donald Trump in the shadow of the Washington Monument to protest what it calls the president's co-opting of Independence Day.

Carlos Ponce

"I did not give a answer, was just asking a question." By questioning you are passing judgement. Your TDS prevents you from seeing that.

Jim Forsythe

"By questioning you are passing judgement" Anyone asking a question is passing judgement? "can Trump speak for a hour and a half and not be political?-" I do not know the answer, so how that's passing judgement? Is this the way you think about all questions? Again asking because I do not know. If the answer is yes, were your students passing judgment when they had a question in class?

Carlos Ponce

No, I was passing judgement. If they had to ask a question it meant either (A) I did not convey the lesson properly or (B) they were not paying attention. Most of the time it was B.

Carlos Ponce

Face it, Jim. Trump could say ANYTHING and you'd construe it as "political".

Don Schlessinger

"The large Baby Trump will be filled with hot air." That's democratic air, Interesting.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos Make sure that I have it right. If a student ask a question, you are passing judgement. If I ask you a question, I'm passing judgement. In both cases you were being asked a question.

Carlos Ponce

Jim has TDS and he has it bad.

Jim Forsythe

The question is about you and not Trump. Just seems you are inconsistent on passing judgement. If you ask me a question who is passing judgement? According to what you have posted, I have no idea .

Carlos Ponce

"According to what you have posted, I have no idea ." Good!

Charles Douglas

I agree that the calibration Mr. PRESIDENT putting on today will cost a little money. Somehow I'm not worried about that. What I am worried about is having to go back to paying all of the bills of the nations in NATO, which runs in the billions every year. Billions which were routinely paid like clockwork by every President until Prrsient Trump arrived! If it was not for our brave men and women dying for these nations they would be speaking Russian in Germany, German in France and Great Britain! Maybe a little Japanese besides! Trumps has stood up to China, on their continued theft of owner rights and unbalance tariffs on goods which have propelled China from a barren, backward nation, forbidding people from having girls, to being a economical SUPERPOWER! We are today receiving Billions back in our coffers from China because of the boldness and unpredictability of President Trump. I find it laughable that the left is beating drumbeats of hate and jealousy about a parade, after all he has accomplished in two short years! Democrats want to give me, me, of all people REPARATIONS! How much is reparations going to cost? Free Medicare to illegals? How much will it cost the hundreds of thousands who will be crossing or BUM-RUSHING our borders from all over the world if Democrats get their way? Now compare all that with a little ##% butt parade! Really?

Carlos Ponce

Watch parade at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YraeqH0VCqQ

Steve Fouga

The parade is a waste of money, but the U.S. wastes a lot of money already. I won't have much of a problem with it, if Trump doesn't make a campaign speech as part of the festivities, or if the RNC or the Trump Campaign pays an appropriate portion of the bill, as they are bound by law to do. Back when I worked in the Defense Bidness, we always had a good chuckle at the Soviets and ChiComs when they staged their big parades. Tremendous displays of insecurity!

Carlos Ponce

One president (Ike) had a big military parade with tanks. Not to be outdone, JFK had one with tanks and MGM-31 Pershing missiles. Were Ike and JFK "insecure"? One big difference between our parades and theirs - no goose stepping. I find goose stepping hilarious![beam]

Steve Fouga

It sounds like the Trump parade was pretty innocuous. Nothing wrong with a flyover. "The jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!"

Carlos Ponce

Thank you, General "Buck" Turgidson.

Carlos Ponce

In addition to the Pershing they had Lacrosse, Nike Hercules, and Nike Zeus missiles at JFK's Inaugural.

Charles Douglas

I tell ya one thing, ...I held up pretty good during President Trumps introductions of our military branches! I stated getting misty when he started talking about my brother soldiers hitting the beach heads on D-day..dying for other nations! Then POTUS started talking about the Famed 101st Airborne Division...( my old division ).I got up and ran throughout my house!!!!!! Lolo. I'm thinking about signing up AGAIN!!! How about those Blue Angels? The man is unpredictability! Unconventional! I love that BAD MAN IN DC! PENCE TOO, ....oh and Mr. BARR also. Anybody see Jeff Swamp man Sessions at the festivities? If ya didn't...good!

Don Schlessinger

CD, I too enjoyed the celebration in DC, our President did a great job. I was a little disappointed in the Angels, I wanted to see a mach 1 flyby. Having worn a uniform myself it was a proud moment.

Bailey Jones

It's kind of like when your boss invites himself to your family BBQ.

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