President Trump To Address Vets At Opening Ceremony Of NYC Veterans Day Parade

Joe Avellar
November 06, 2019 - 7:45 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- For the first time ever, a U.S. president will kick off the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

President Donald Trump will address veterans during the centennial parade's opening ceremony, United War Veterans Council Chairman Douglas McGowan announced Wednesday.

While the Commander in Chief has historically always been invited to the New York City Veterans Day Parade, Trump is the first known to personally accept the invitation, McGowan said.

“We thank and commend President Trump for leading that effort on this centennial, and we acknowledge his historic support for our activities here in New York City,” McGowan said. “This is a day when we put politics aside to focus on honoring our veterans, and to re-commit 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."

As a private citizen, Trump made a substantial donation in the mid 1990s to help the New York City Veterans Day Parade recover from years of neglect and rebuild into the institution it is today, according to McGowan.

He added that Trump also made substantial donations to the creation of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the mid 1980s and again, in the early 2000s.

The New York City Veterans Day Parade is the largest commemoration of service in the nation, and will begin with an Opening Ceremony in Madison Square Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

After his remarks, the president will lay a wreath at the Eternal Light memorial in Madison Square Park, White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

The parade kicks off at 24th Street and Fifth Avenue at noon and proceeds north on Fifth Avenue to 48th Street.

More than 25,000 parade participants including veterans, active duty military personnel and their supporters are expected to march in the parade.