Trump recognizes ‘America’s greatest living heroes’ on Veterans Day

Don’t miss the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Huntsville

A sign in favor of impeachment is displayed in the windows of an office building near Madison Square Park before President Trump's speech to kick off New York City's 100th annual Veterans Day parade November 11, 2019.

Following the uproar over his announcement of a full troop withdrawal, Trump said that he would leave some troops in the region to protect valuable oil fields.

Foy really appreciated the shout-out from the president, which comes a year after the Rochester area group of Battle of the Bulge veterans ended their yearly gathering since there are so few of them left. An estimated 20,000-30,000 people attended the event, according to the United War Veterans Council. As we documented in greater detail in a previous fact check, Trump himself commemorated Veterans Day at the White House in 2018 and in Vietnam in 2017, and Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush marked the day by visiting troops in Pennsylvania and South Korea, among other places.

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Not everyone agreed that having President Trump there kept the event non-political.

Trump, the first sitting president to attend the parade, cited his administration's efforts to improve the health care and benefits for veterans through increased budgets for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump was the first to accept.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has often traded barbs with Trump, told reporters he hoped the president would attend the event with a recognition that it "is not about him, this is about our veterans".

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The president noted Monday that it is fitting that the ceremony and parade take place in NY.

Trump reflected on 9/11 in his remarks, saying the country would "never forget".

Trump also used the event to tout the strength of the US military and the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying "al-Baghdadi is dead".

Trump described American veterans as "the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the earth".

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

He said satisfaction rates with the VA had reached 90%, "the highest ever recorded".

"Our veterans risked everything for us". "This is a day when we put politics aside to focus on honoring our veterans and to recommit ourselves as a community to providing them with the services they have earned, the services they deserve and, for many, the services they were denied".

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