Donald Trump challenges New York City protesters to kick the 100th Veterans Day parade as he becomes the first president to accept the invitation to an annual event
- Donald Trump will start the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday
- It is the first time that a president has accepted an invitation to the annual event
- Trump will make comments during the opening ceremony
- He is a long-term proponent of the parade and raised money for it in the 1990s
- The news comes after Trump has moved his residence from New York to Florida
- Last year Trump didn't go to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans Day
- He stayed at the White House – a movement that brought a lot of criticism and resulted in a rare apology from the president
Donald Trump starts the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday and makes the first time a president accepts an invitation to the annual event.
He is not popular in the state and may be confronted with demonstrators such as last year at the National Mall during his celebration of Fourth of July.
Trump will pay tribute to veterans during the opening ceremony of the 100th annual parade and then will lay a wreath at the Eternal Light monument in Madison Square Park.
& # 39; This is a day on which we set aside politics to focus on honoring our veterans and re-committing ourselves as a community to offer them the services they have earned, the services they deserve and, for many, the services they refused, said Douglas McGowan, president of the United War Veterans Council, in a statement to the Associated Press about the festivities.
Donald Trump will start the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday
President Trump and Melania Trump are marching in the opening parade of 2017
The parade is organized by the United War Veterans Council.
Officials said presidents are usually invited to participate, but Trump is the first to accept it.
More than 25,000 parade participants will march along Fifth Avenue – including veterans, active military personnel and their supporters, during the event starting at noon.
The announcement comes shortly after Trump changed his place of residence from New York to Florida to avoid having to pay income tax.
Trump is an old proponent of the parade.
In the 1990s, he offered to donate $ 200,000 and raise extra money from friends when he was called the grand marshal of the parade, the New York Times reported at the time.
It doesn't look like Trump ever got his wish.
And he is known as a parade fan.
Trump praised the French for their annual Bastille Day parade during a visit to that country on July 14, 2017.
He spent a long time thinking about a military parade on July 4, but settled for a fly-over from the National Mall during last year's event to celebrate America's independence.
That event also included two 60-ton Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles along with the traditional fireworks.
Protesters, including the baby Trump blimp balloon, were also present at the National Mall for the occasion.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and French First Lady Brigitte Macron watch the annual Bastille Day military parade along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris on 14 July 2017
President Trump and Melania Trump after their participation in the fourth celebration last July in the National Mall
Last year, the President spent Veteran Day at the White House and did not make the traditional visit to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier.
The resulting criticism brought a rare apology from the president.
& # 39; I should have done that, & # 39; he told Fox News. & # 39; I was very busy calling for the country. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; In retrospect, I should have done that last year and will do almost every year. & # 39;
His no-show came after he received criticism when, during a visit to France on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, he canceled a visit to the American cemetery of Aisne-Marne.
President Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery in December last year after being criticized for not having been on Veterans Day
He and first lady Melania Trump helped plant flags in serious locations
Aides mentioned rain and bad weather that prevented Marine One from landing.
In December, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery to visit volunteers who plant flags on the graves for a Wreaths Across America event.
He and first lady Melania Trump planted American flags in some of the serious locations.