President Trump will address the opening ceremony of New York City’s Veterans Day Parade Monday, becoming the 1st President to do so.
He will then will lay a wreath at the Eternal Light Memorial at Madison Square Park.
This year’s parade, hosted by the United War Veterans Council, is the 100th annual. The President is traditionally invited to attend the event, although this is the 1st time 1 has accepted.
More than 25,000 people are expected to march along Fifth Avenue during the parade.
President Trump arrived in New York Saturday night ahead of his appearance at the parade.
In 1995 President Trump gave $200,000 to the parade when it was struggling.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he hoped that President Trump would attend the event with a recognition that it “is not about him, this is about our veterans.”
“It should not be politicized. It should not be turned into a spectacle,” Mayor de Blasio said. “If he’s coming here to truly honor veterans, God bless him. But I’d really like to see something a little different than what we’ve seen in some of his other appearances.“
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