President Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 11, paid tribute to America’s veterans in his opening remarks at the 100th annual Veterans Day parade.

It was a day of pride and patriotism, a day put aside to honor those who fought, served, and died for America—a day for the veterans.

“Today, we come together as one nation to salute the veterans of the United States Armed Forces, the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the earth,” hailed President Trump.

“Our veterans risked everything for us,” said the president, who continued, “Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives.”

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President Trump is the first incumbent president to accept the invitation to speak at the event that was organized by the United War Veterans Council in Madison Square Park.

“It is truly an honor to come back to New York City, right here at Madison Square Park, to be the first president ever to attend America’s parade,” said President Trump who was born in Queens.

“To every veteran here today and all across our land, you are America’s greatest living heroes, and we will cherish you now, always, and forever,” said President Trump during his 20-minute address.

“We will stand by your side forever,” said President Trump “to every Gold Star family.”

“Since the earliest days of our nation, New York has exemplified the American spirit and has been at the heart of our nation’s story of daring and defiance,” stated President Trump.

Therefore, “it is very fitting that the Veterans Day parade begin right here in New York City,” said the President Trump.

“The towering spirit of strength that we see in this city lives within the heart of every American warrior,” said President Trump.

This spirit “has helped our fighters defeat tyrants, conquer fascism, vanquish communism, and face down terrorism,” stated President Trump, “from the snow of Valley Forge to the jungles of Vietnam, from the forests of Bellwood to the beaches of Normandy, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the desert of Iraq.”

The president told the crowd that America’s veterans left their families to fight “in faraway lands.”

“You came face-to-face with evil and you did not back down. You returned home from war and you never forgot your friends who didn’t return, including prisoners of war and those missing in action,” said President Trump.

“Your greatest tribute of all is the way you lived your lives in the years since.” President Trump continued, “You raise your families; you endured the wounds of war and you endured the pains of that memory. Yet, you keep going, you keep serving, you keep giving and you keep loving.”

He thanked the veterans for their sacrifice.

“This nation is forever in your debt, and we thank you all,” said President Trump.

“You are the reason our hearts swell with pride, our foes tremble with fear, and our nation thrives in freedom,” he continued.

From The White House the First Couple tweeted: “The First Lady and I have come to express the everlasting love and loyalty of 327 million Americans.”

The president highlighted the service of different military divisions and the military accomplishments of the Trump administration in his remarks.

President Trump also praised U.S. Special Forces for the successful military raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a few weeks ago, a message that was tweeted today by The White House on Monday.

President Trump was a longtime supporter of the New York City Veterans Day parade. He had helped to raise or donate money when the parade was in financial difficulties.

In 1995, President Trump gave $200,000 and wanted to be named parade grand marshal. But it appeared that he did not receive that title, according to a New York Times report at the time.

He also donated $1 million in 1985 toward the creation of the city’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 55 Water St.

Born in Queens and a lifelong New Yorker, President Trump recently moved his official residence to Florida, where he owns several properties, including Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, where he spends most of his winter weekends.