Tens of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington on Saturday (4 July) for a special "Honour America Day" celebration to mark the nation's 194th year of Independence.
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Background: Tens of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington on Saturday (4 July) for a special "Honour America Day" celebration to mark the nation's 194th year of Independence.
Among the audience listening to an afternoon concert which featured singer Kate Smilth was Evangelist Billy Graham and astronaut Frank Borman.
The main festivities were planned for later in the day when a concert given by will-known singers and comedians was due to begin. More than 400,000 people were expected to attend the festivities -- according to the organisers, Billy Graham and comedian Bob Hope.
In general the day passed quietly but police arrested some 25 people as youthful protesters sought to show their opposition to the rally. The organisers said the aim of the rally was to couple old-fashioned national unity and pride, and to show the world there are good things in the United States.
In a sermon to the crowd Billy Graham said that it despair and negativism were not checked the American dream could turn into a nightmare.