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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Trump will lead the NYC parade he saved



In August 1995, organizers for the annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City looked at how much money they had three months before the big day.

$1.21.

The New York Times reported, "A request to airlines to donate blankets for aging veterans was turned down because logos might not be visible on television."

Wow.

The Times reported, "Then Donald Trump, a non-veteran, agreed to throw in $200,000 as well as raise money from his friends, in exchange for being named grand marshal."

In short order, they had $2.4 million, saving the parade and the city's honor.

On Veterans Day 1995, United Press International reported, "More than 500,000 people jammed the sidewalks of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Saturday to watch three generations of veterans march in the Nation's Parade. The crowd cheered as 25,000 veterans marched in one of the last national events marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The mood of the parade was festive despite the blustery weather, with marching veterans smiling and onlookers shouting 'Thank you.'"

The story also said, "Organizers, who placed the turnout at closer to a million, said the parade would not have been a success if it hadn't been for real estate developer Donald Trump, who contributed $200,000.

"'Donald Trump saved the parade,' said parade director Tom Fox, himself a Vietnam veteran. 'We had asked for donations from 200 corporations, and none of them came through,' he said.

"'This donation is the single most important thing I've ever done,' said a beaming Trump. 'This is more important than all of my buildings and my casinos. This is my way of saying thank you to all the men and women in the armed services who have made it possible for me to become a success. Without them freedom and liberty would be gone.'"

24 years later, hounded by politicians and high taxes, President Trump has moved to Mar-a-Lago.

But he'll be back on Monday in the city he saved to lead the parade he saved.

The Military Times reported, "President Donald Trump will mark Veterans Day this year with a speech at the start of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, which would be the first time a sitting president has attended the event.

"In past years, the commander-in-chief has typically attended events and memorial services around Washington, D.C. Organizers of the New York parade asked Trump, a native New Yorker, to attend several months ago, and White House officials announced Wednesday that he will attend.

"The parade is one of the largest Veterans Day events in the country. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the annual event, and is expected to draw more than 25,000 participants along with tens of thousands of spectators."

Veterans Day celebrates anyone who served in the military honorably.

The wounded and the combat veterans get the front row. We old 71-Quebecs sit in the back and write about it.

The commander-in-chief leads the way.

25 comments:

  1. If Trump can parade it there, he can parade it anywhere.

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    1. I dig your sentiment. but I'm concerned about assassins lurking. I lot of people want him dead.

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    2. May God protect our president.

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  2. A few years ago Trump watched this parade from his apartment at 56th & 5th. Now he will probably do so from a bullet proof stand surrounded by cops, dogs, roof top snipers, machine gun toting dudes in blue vans, pelted with snow and rain and unlike his predecessor,>His Royal Tenderness, Generalissimo Zero et Zero<, his head not covered by an umbrella held by a service man in uniform.
    Trump will have plenty of support there for once. The rabble avoid real men, and as we saw in Syria, dogs. Maybe even Hero Fido Fielis will make an appearance. Who knows?

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    1. I hope he will be safe-but he's out front and
      I can't wait to see the crowd.

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  3. That's Al D'Amato to Trump's left. Al is the last Republican to represent New York in the U.S. Senate.

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  6. I grew up in NYC and attended the Veterans parade every year from about age 6 on. It always made me feel very proud to be an American. To see the flag respected and honored, to see the men and women who kept America safe, and to see the sea of people who turned out, regardless of the weather, to see, and pay their respects was inspiring as a kid. Left its impression for these past 70 years.

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  7. I'm happy to see Trump come to NY like a Boss. But like others on this thread, I'm concerned for his safety. I'll be praying.

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  8. --- Looks like President Trump (when he was a civilian) single-handedly started NYC back on the road to leading the way in U.S. trends (we all had to listen thru the '70's,'80's, and '90's how Calif. was the place that set socio/fashion/political trends). He alone has brought attention and dignity back to the military. Not even Reagan, Bush I & II, et al. did anything of note for the VA medical care. Hesitate to say, but Lou Dobbs may be right --- and I am a big Washington and Lincoln fan (and give 'em back their own birthday holidays!). ZBest

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  9. I too, worry about our President's safety in such a hostile environment! Definite prayer will be coming from me! When you have an entire political party against you, a good portion of your own political party against you, the media against you, and who knows how many evil people in the FBI, CIA, and other agencies against you, globalist power brokers against you, etc., it's almost a miracle that he is still alive! (perhaps it is all our prayers at work!)

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    1. I pray for his safety and that of his entire family. They savaged Kavanaugh. Imagine what they would do if they had a scintilla of evidence that Trump is guilty of high crimes and/or misdemeanors. Trump 2020!

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  10. The same archangel that protected Pope John Paul II from sure death, will protect Trump.

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  12. Violent Antifa and its allies had better keep their distance. Appears they have at Trumps last two rallies.

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  13. You sycophantic cult members are ridiculous. A draft dodging, no taxes paying, VA destroying, Narcissistic US traitor and extortionist leading our great vets is an insult to the military and the constitution. MAGAts will lose come 2020

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