Where are the tanks? That was the burning question Tuesday night in the WTOP newsroom.
There will be a small number of M1 Abrams tanks and other vehicles for this year’s national Fourth of July celebration, as said by President Donald Trump.
(And yeah, we know: Bradley Fighting Vehicles are not technically tanks.)
Trump said Monday, “We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display — brand new … And we’re very proud of it,” The Associated Press reported.
Local lawmakers expressed concern that these heavy vehicles will damage the area’s road infrastructures. Pentagon officials said that the tanks won’t be rolling but instead will be on display.
On Monday, there were reports of tank sightings (some as early as Sunday), and they have been seen around D.C. since.
They were seen on the railroad tracks in Southeast D.C.
NEW — @USArmy says armored vehicles WILL move through WASHINGTON TONIGHT.
Two M1 Bradley Armored Personnel Carriers.
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) July 3, 2019
They were seen seen crossing the Potomac River. Perhaps echoing George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River??
— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) July 3, 2019
They were seen near Nationals Park.
— Cole (@eloc8) July 3, 2019
Finally, they arrived at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall late Tuesday night, where they’ll wait for Trump’s “Salute to America” event.
WTOP’s Will Vitka contributed to this report.
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