First Lady Melania Trump alongside President Trump kicked off the opening ceremony Monday morning for the city’s 100th annual Veterans Day Parade at Madison Square Park.
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As for footwear, Melania completed the look with black patent leather Manolo Blahnik. The BB 105mm leather pumps retails for $665 and is available for purchase at Neiman Marcus.
While Melania showed her support on stage, President Trump made a speech to an audience of about 200 people, including veterans and their families, as well as legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and former Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who often spars with Trump, was also in attendance for the ceremony, along with Sen. Chuck Schumer and the president’s son Eric and his wife, Lara.
“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,” Trump said on stage speaking behind a bulletproof glass. “Our veterans risked everything for us. Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives.”
He referenced last month’s U.S. raid in Syria that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
“Just a few weeks ago, American Special Forces raided the ISIS compound and brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said. “Thanks to American warriors, al-Baghdadi is dead his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three, his reign of terror is over, and our enemies are running very, very scared.”
During the ceremony, a moment of silence was observed to commemorate the exact moment — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — of the armistice that ended World War I.
Trump is the first president to kick off NYC’s Veterans Day Parade — the largest in the nation that honors veterans. According to the United War Veterans Council who helps produce the NYC Veterans Day Parade, Commander in Chiefs have historically always been invited, but Trump is the “first known to personally accept the invitation.”
“On behalf of all the men and women who have served our nation, and who continue to serve, the United War Veterans Council is honored that our Commander in Chief, President Donald J. Trump, has agreed to join our 100th annual tribute,” the press release reads. “As a private citizen, Donald Trump made a substantial donation in the mid 1990’s to help the New York City Veterans Day Parade recover from years of neglect and rebuild into the institution it is today. Trump also made substantial donations to the creation of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the mid 1980’s and again, in the early 2000’s.”
The parade, per the United War Veterans Council, has more than 25,000 participants, who will travel 1.2 miles north on Fifth Avenue.
Trump will remain in New York overnight Monday, delivering remarks to the Economic Club of New York City on Tuesday before returning to Washington later in the afternoon.
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