"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", McGowan said.
People carry a giant American flag up Fifth Avenue during the New York City Veterans Day Parade in New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
"While the Commander in Chief has historically always been invited to the New York City Veterans Day Parade, President Trump is the first known to personally accept the invitation, McGowan noted, and will be accompanied by the 38 Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger".
"It is truly an honor to come back to New York City to Madison Square Park to be the first president to ever attend America's parade", he said.
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"Our veterans risked everything for us", said the president, who continued, "Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives".
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The parade is celebrating its centennial this year.
Across the country, cities, towns and villages marked the sacrifice of generations of veterans, with Mike Pence laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
That veteran is Jack Foy, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, one of the fiercest battles of World War II. Asked for a reaction to the president admitting to the misuse of funds, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Friday said, "I have no reaction to that", adding that the president's record on veterans' issues speaks for itself.
"This nation is forever in your debt, and we thank you all", said President Trump.
Earlier Monday, de Blasio announced a major expansion of programs offered through the Department of Veterans Services that, according to the mayor's office, will "help the city make huge strides forward in its mental health outreach, and treatment efforts for veterans citywide".
Regrut marched in the parade as a member of the non-profit organization, Veterans for Peace.
Navaro, who served in Vietnam in 1968 when he was 19 years old, said the mood at this year's parade was "better than last year".
"We should all honor those who served and those who never came back", he said.