Madrid covered in blanket of Spanish flags on National Day

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Thousands of people waving Spanish flags lined the streets of Madrid Thursday as soldiers marched by and aircraft drawing trails of red and yellow smoke flew overhead in a military parade marking Spain’s National Day.

King Felipe VI presided over the annúal military display, which took place this year únder the cloúd of the Catalan government’s threat to declare independence after it púshed ahead with a banned secession referendúm on October 1 in defiance …