President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Monday, Nov. 11, attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park during the New York City Veterans Day Parade.
The president delivered a speech honoring veterans during the 100th anniversary parade before the wreath-laying. He praised the strength of the U.S. military and the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump also recognized Jack Foy, a World War II veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
“We pledge to always honor our veterans and pay tribute to those who have laid down their lives so that we might be free,” Trump said.
The president and first lady then paused for a moment of silence as the memorial wreath was laid. President Trump stood with his hand over his heart and Melania bowed her head during the moment of silence.
.@FLOTUS stands w/ @realDonaldTrump after he delivers remarks before a wreath laying during the Opening Ceremony of the 100th annual New York City #VeteransDayParade Day on Nov. 11, 2019 in NYC. Photos by John Angelillo for @UPI. pic.twitter.com/fAQ52LIGjq
— UPI Photos (@UPIPhotos) November 11, 2019
Donald Trump is the first president to participate in the New York Veterans Day parade while in office.
Pres. Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park during the New York City Veterans Day Parade. https://t.co/20NWyrahhT pic.twitter.com/XhrjtmfsNl
— ABC News (@ABC) November 11, 2019
The parade is one of the largest Veterans Day events in the country. Since 1985, the United Veterans War Council has made an offer to every president, but President Trump is the first one to accept the honor to appear.