President Trump – First Sitting President to Attend NYC Veterans Day Parade
The United War Veterans Council invited President Trump to give opening remarks at the NYC Veterans Day Parade on Monday. Though every President for the last 25 years has been invited, this is the first time one has accepted. It also happens to be the parade’s 100th anniversary.
In 1993, according to the Council, The Donald stepped in to save the Veterans Day Parade by writing a “ginormous” check. None of the sponsors were giving any money for the parade, and the balance had slipped to just $1.21. Donald Trump wrote a check for between $325,000 and $375,000 to save the parade. His action “unleashed a flood of donations.” (Some outlets used 1995, but the Council website said 1993).
“He wrote a ginormous check, saved the Veterans Day Parade. He was honored at the Pentagon way back then. He has been a friend to our veterans for many, many, many years… We are so grateful to our president. We have a great commander-in-chief. There’s going to be 30,000 veterans, 400 military units… and it’s our 100th anniversary.” Bill White, founder of the Constellation Group to Fox & Friends
Traditionally, five Grand Marshalls lead the NYC Veterans Day parade. This year they are: Hershel Woody Williams, MOH – WWII; Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, MOH -Korean War; Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, MOH- Vietnam War; Eddie Ray, Navy Cross- Gulf War; and Zachary Iscol, Marine Corps- Iraq.
No doubt there will be protesters, gripers, and assorted complainers. That he knows it and still plans to show up is a tribute to a man who loves our veterans.
Why does he care about them? There are more than likely a myriad of personal reasons, part of which may be due to his military academy experience. Though he wanted to take over his father’s real estate business and ultimately did so, he has retained a personal desire to keep our military from harm, and save veterans’ lives. And he loves America. However imperfect he may be, that is a huge plus.
Note: Most of the media reports incorrectly called the Council the “United Veterans War Council,” but it’s correct name is United War Veterans Council. Maybe it bothers them that there are war veterans?
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