President Trump attends 100th annual Veteran’s Day Parade in NYC

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2019

Trump, the first sitting President to participate in the event, which on Monday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the beginning of the traditional parade, said that it was time to acknowledge the sacrifice of all soldiers, Efe news reported.

Trump spoke at the opening of the 100th annual parade organized by the United War Veterans Council in Madison Square Park. It falls on November 11 when World War I came to an end in 1918.

He said that in 1919, the streets of NY filled with excited citizens to welcome Gen. John Pershing, who had led the US Expeditionary Force in World War I, along with 25,000 American troops.

"You left your families and fought in faraway lands".

Trump recognized several veterans of World War II who were present for the event and led the parade. "Thank you, God bless our veterans and God bless America".

"You are the reason our hearts swell with pride, our foes tremble with fear, and our nation thrives in freedom".

Though he spent part of his morning railing on Twitter against House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff in the days before public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry begin, Trump's remarks were focused on veterans and United States history, with a reference to the recent killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. His second in charge is dead.

"Just a few weeks ago, American special forces raided the ISIS compound and brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice", he said. "His reign of terror is over and our enemies are running very, very scared, thank you", he said. "We will ensure that the righteous legacy of America's veterans stands as a testament to this station from now until the end of time".

"This is a day when we put politics aside to focus on honoring our veterans and to recommit ourselves as a community to providing them with the services they have earned, the services they deserve and, for many, the services they were denied", McGowan said.

Douglas McGowan, chairman of the United War Veterans Council (UWVC, the organization that runs the parade every year), made the same claim in promoting Trump's scheduled appearance, ahead of time.

Trump even politely shouted out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in September. The sitting president is always invited to attend, but because this event is specifically "a non-partisan, non-political event, and may not be used as a platform for any other objective or political agenda", usually the president declines to attend.

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