President Trump honors veterans at New York City opening ceremony
President Donald Trump kicked off New York City's Veterans Day Tribute on Monday by saying the nation's veterans "risked everything for us. Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives."
President Trump spoke at the opening of the 100th annual parade organized by the United War Veterans Council in Madison Square Park. He is the first sitting president to accept the group's invitation to speak at the event.
President Trump told the crowd that the nation's veterans often came face to face with evil and did not back down.
President Trump has been a longtime supporter of the parade. The New York Times reported that during the 1990s he pledged $200,000 and offered to raise money from friends in exchange for being named the parade's grand marshal. He also donated $1 million in 1985 toward the creation of the city’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 55 Water St.
President Trump also praised U.S. Special Forces for the successful military raid that led to the death of ISIS leader a few weeks ago, a message that was tweeted today by The White House.