President Trump offered a history lesson at New York Veterans Day Parade on Monday, returning to his hometown and state to mark the holiday. Mr. Trump and the First Lady also lay a wreath at Madison Square Park.
"For any war veteran, the glory of your affairs will only increase with time," Mr Trump said. "This city is decorated with your presence. This nation is forever in your debt and we thank you all."
It notes the presence of veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the war on terror.
"You are the cause of our hearts swelling with pride, our enemies trembling with fear, and our nation flourishing in freedom."
This year the parade honors the Marines. The president noted that it is especially appropriate to honor veterans in New York.
"It is very appropriate for the Veterans Day parade to start right here in New York," Mr. Trump said. "From the earliest days of our nation, New York is an example of the American spirit and is at the heart of our nation's history of boldness and challenge."
n. Trump is the first sitting president to attend the event. The address comes days after the court ruledafter the Trump Foundation's January 2016 fundraising for veterans was alleged used for political purposes. Asked about the reaction of the president, who acknowledges the misuse of funds, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said on Friday, "I have no reaction to this," adding that the president's record on veterans speaks for itself.
n. Trump's speech preceded a particularly busy and historic week in Washington. Wednesday marks the first day of public hearings in the impeachment investigation against the president, along with the White House visit and press conference with Turkey's President Recep Erdogan
As the President spoke on Monday, a large signboard in a building near a square read "PERFORMANCE."
n. Trump has announced thatwhere he will live every time his term as president ends.