President Trump recognizes 'America's greatest living heroes' on Veterans Day

Getty									A U.S. marine veteran marches in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City

Getty A U.S. marine veteran marches in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City

"On behalf of all the men and women who have served our nation, and who continue to serve, the United War Veterans Council is honored that our Commander in Chief, President Donald J. Trump, has agreed to join our 100th annual tribute", United War Veterans Council President Douglas McGowan said in a statement. McGowan said in a press release that Trump "made a substantial donation in the mid 1990's to help the New York City Veterans Day Parade recover from years of neglect and rebuild into the institution it is today". "To every veteran with us ... to the 18 million veterans across our country, the First Lady and I have come to express the everlasting love and loyalty of 327 million Americans". President Donald Trump spoke at the opening ceremony of the parade which commemorates the centennial of Veterans Day.

The parade, per the United War Veterans Council, has more than 25,000 participants, who will travel 1.2 miles north on Fifth Avenue.

Trump's attendance at the ceremony marked the first time a United States president attended the parade in honor of its 100th anniversary. "Thank you, God bless our veterans and God bless America".

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In his remarks, the president said service members' tenacity and devotion to duty were recently demonstrated in the Syria raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The president honored fallen American troops from past wars, and added that the United States will never forget the September 11, 2001, attacks that initiated the War on Terror.

Mr Trump got a cool reception from some in NY, a staunchly Democratic city. His second in charge is dead.

President Trump marked Veterans Day on Monday by attending a wreath-laying in NY and presiding over the city's 100th annual veterans' parade with a pledge to uphold the nation's obligation to its warriors. "We will protect our liberties, uphold our values and defend our homes", Trump says, wrapping up the speech.

"His reign of terror is over, and we have our enemies running very, very scared".

The president noted Monday that it is fitting that the ceremony and parade take place in NY.

This is the first visit Trump has made to NY - where he was born and lived for decades before winning the presidency - since he changed his official residence from that state to Florida, where he will enjoy significant tax advantages. "It's immediately made this entire event about him", Rieckhoff said on CNN's "New Day", saying Trump's presence "reeks of politics".

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