First Lady Melania Trump joined President Trump to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Friday morning, laying a wreath at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
For the ceremony, Melania donned a black and white plaid wool coat by Altuzarra. From the Pre-Fall ’19 collection, known as Janine is a double-breasted wool-blend midi-length coat features a tailored silhouette, glossy black buttons, and front flap pockets. It retailed for $2,695 but unfortunately is sold out.
Underneath the Altuzarra coat, Melania was seen wearing a black knee-length dress. It is unknown at the moment which exact brand the black dress is from. She completed her look with a pair of classic black leather pointed toe pumps from Manolo Blahnik. The ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump retails for $665 and is available for purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Melania has worn the Janine Altuzarra coat, but in the wintry blue in mid-November of 2019 when welcoming the Turkish President to the White House.
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At the ceremony, the president and first lady were joined by eight World War II veterans while maintaining a social distance. President Trump made no public remarks, but privately thanked each of the veterans from a six feet distance.
The veterans in attendance were supposed to commemorate the 75th anniversary in Moscow, Russia — but those plans were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the veterans ask the director of the Greatest Generations Foundation, Timothy Davis to commemorate the day in Washington despite the risk, saying they viewed the commemoration as a “blessing to all who fought, died and served in World War II.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated Davis remarks that the veterans were “choosing nation over self” in joining the president at the World War II ceremony.
“I can tell you that those veterans are protected, they made the choice to come here because they’ve chosen to put their nation first,” she said during a press briefing shortly after the event. “They wanted to be with their commander in chief on this momentous day. And it was their choice to come here. I can tell you that the president always puts the safety of our veterans first and of the American people first.”
Among the eight veterans were Gregory Melikian, 97 from Phoenix, Arizona, who sent the coded message to the world that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally. Participants in the 1944 D-Day invasion that turned the tide of the war included Steven Melnikoff, 100, of Cockeysville, Md., Guy Whidden, 97, of Braddock Heights, Md., Harold Angle, 97, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Frank Devita, 96, of Bridgewater, NJ.
Other veterans who also joined President Trump and Melania were Donald Halverson, 97, of Minnesota, who fought in some of the war’s fiercest battles in Italy; John Coates, 96, of Maryland, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge; and Jack Myers, 97, of Hagerstown, Md., who was part of a unit that liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
After laying a wreath in memory of all those who perished in World War II and saluting as a bugler played taps, the Trumps toured the memorial in the National Mall.
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