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Trump to kick off NYC Veterans Day Parade next week

Posted at 9:01 AM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 09:06:07-05

WASHINGTON — A veterans organization says President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to kick off the New York City Veterans Day Parade next week.

United War Veterans Council Chairman Douglas McGowan announced Wednesday that Trump will offer a tribute at the opening ceremony of Monday’s 100th annual parade. McGowan says presidents have always been invited to the parade but that as far as he knows Trump is the first to accept.

The council says it’s honored Trump has agreed to join its tribute to “the men and women who have served our nation.”

Trump is the first president to accept the invitation to address the Veterans Day Parade, according to the White House. After his remarks, he will lay a wreath at the Eternal Light Memorial.

More than 25,000 parade participants including veterans and active duty military personnel and their supporters are expected to march along Fifth Avenue.