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Monday, September 07, 2020

Trump honors war dead with his heart and wallet



The Vietnam Veterans Plaza in New York City honors the 1,741 New Yorkers who died in Vietnam, as well as 250,000 New Yorkers who served during that war. When Mayor Ed Koch needed someone to raise the money to build it in 1983, he called on Donald John Trump.

Trump raised the money the old-fashioned way, by writing the first check. He donated a million bucks, which was 40% of the $2.5 million needed.

Thomas Lipscomb wrote about it in USA Today on April 14, 2017. He was the founder and president of Times Books – then The New York Times book division.

He wrote, "The New York Vietnam Veterans’ Leadership Program, run by a brilliant former infantry platoon leader, Eugene Gitelson, was able to take the money Trump contributed and helped raise through the Commission to create the largest program in the country. Gitelson’s VVLP, as the Commission’s Living Memorial, trained veterans first to become job ready, and then find jobs. He and his staff helped place thousands of them.

"And to top it all off, at the dedication of the Commission’s New York Vietnam Memorial in May of 1985, the 'heroes’ welcome' the New York Times noted had not occurred at the sparsely attended parade in Washington actually happened.

"Streaming across the Brooklyn Bridge and down Broadway came tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans, often marching in their units. Americal Division, 101st Airborne, 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions, Special Forces, to name just a few, often under one of their old commanding officers, flags flying, headed by Mayor Koch himself pushing a wheelchair for John Behan, a Medal of Honor winner who had lost both legs to a landmine.

"And close behind him, General William Westmoreland, their former commander in Vietnam, marching along with them and another 18 Medal of Honor winners for the largest parade of participants in the history of New York City.

"They marched to the lower tip of Manhattan island as tons of tickertape and paper turned the skies above them a blizzard of white as the crowds packing the sidewalks roared its welcome.

"As The Los Angeles Times headlined it: 'New York's Biggest March — 10 Years Late: Vietnam Veterans Get Their Parade at Last.'

"But neither The New York Times nor The Los Angeles Times stories ever mentioned the name or involvement of the supposed self-promoter Donald Trump.

"It never would have happened without him. And that was 32 years ago."

But wait. There's more.

As Lipscomb pointed out, when President Trump skipped the second Fox News debate to spite Megyn Kelly, he held a competing fund-raiser on debate night -- for veterans groups. I don't know much about politics, but I do know that candidates hold fund-raisers for themselves, not others.

Donald Trump in 2016 was not a politician.

He raised $6 million. The press mocked him because he included his own contribution of $1 million in the total.

But wait. There's more.

A decade after the Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam veterans, New Yorkers went back to ignoring veterans again.

Tom Fox was head of the 1995 Veterans Day parade. He was ready to bag the whole thing due to lack of funding.

He told United Press International, "Donald Trump saved the parade. We had asked for donations from 200 corporations, and none of them came through."

The Donald did. He raised the $500,000 they needed for security and the like. $200,000 came from his own pocket.

It was worth every penny.

The UPI story said, "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.' '

"It's just a great day to see all the people here to honor our veterans,' said Paul Bucha, a 52-year-old Vietnam War veteran and winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. 'For too many years this day was ignored by too many people, but now we have it back in perspective,' he said shortly after a 21-gun salute rattled the windows of Manhattan apartment buildings.

"'I think in the future Veteran's Day will be bigger and bigger.' 'I feel good; this is a great day,' said 109-year-old Herbert Young, a World War I veteran who participated in the parade. Freida Schwartz, who stood in the first row of the crowd packed five and six deep, was among those who tossed roses in the path of the 82nd Airborne.

"Her son, David, died shortly after the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. 'My son was in the 82nd Airborne, and I wanted to throw these flowers to them,' said the 82-year-old Brooklyn woman. 'I want to let the survivors know we care. This is in memory of my son.'"

Last year, CNBC reported, "Trump becomes first sitting president to attend New York’s Veterans Day Parade."

Why not?

He saved it.

And he saved it because he knows our nation too often sends men (and now women) to war only to forget about them later.

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post, Don. As native New Yorker I've been watching The Donald for decades and this is truly representative of the kind of man he is.

    Bob in MA

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    1. I concur 1000%

      The America hating leftist democrats are going to hate, let them hate, in the end will only destroy themselves.

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    2. Same. All the good stuff gets swept under the rug by the corrupt media in America. Thank you, Don.

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    3. Monday 09/08/20 (11:30 am): Citizen Free Press was kind enough to link this article to their
      site (currently at the top of the page).

      Excellent!

      Don Reed

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  2. Stories the msm doesn't want you to read!

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    1. Indeed.
      And every time I think I can't hate the enemedia more, they become even more disgusting.

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  3. Thank you for the reminder of some of the good and great things.

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  4. People don’t stop to think Trump went to NY Military Academy and was damned good at it as a cadet. How likely was he to come away with contempt for veterans?

    That takes a Lucian Truscott IV, a military legacy who got court martialed out after graduating West Point, getting even ever since.

    There is lot to critique on all sides about AMERICAN policy on military interventions, but that’s not the fault of the veterans serving their country.

    Which is why it is important to remember Trump’s long selfless support of veterans. Thanks to Don Surber for posting of my article where I tried to do just that. Attack our veterans?

    Not a chance.

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    1. Thank you for your fine article and additional commentary. And thanks to Don for bringing it to our attention and adding some more information as well.

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    2. A much-needed reminder about what a dog Truscott turned into. Fortunately, for the most part, after people got to know him, he's been ignored.

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    3. To Thomas Lipscomb. I'm glad you mentioned that New York Military Academy was his high school. He was the cadet corps commander in his senior year. That means he was the top cadet academically, athletically and militarily (or at least close in all three areas. He would have been instilled with respect for the military and patriotic values too. I know this because I went to a similar school (Riverside Military Academy in Georgia.) They were all pretty much the same, I found out later in life by comparing notes with graduates of other schools like Valley Forge Military Academy. In my case, I later served 20 years as an Air Force officer and I understand President Trump failed his induction physical. The usual nasties have tried to make something suspicious of that. I don't and never have. I'm so glad you pointed out his education at NYMA.




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  5. Americal Division, not American Division.

    Realize it's in the quote, but it still should be right, just because of all the guys who served.

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  6. After all President Trump has done for NYC, the scummy de Blasio has “Black Lives Matter” painted on the road in front of the Trump Tower, and then both de Blasio and Cuomo think they own NYC, and tell Trump he is not welcome there—even as that Leftist Scum destroy it.

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    1. Trump hate is a political pandemic.

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    2. Well said. Every single member of the media should read this passage and be ashamed of what they've become,,,,,PRAVDA
      JerseyJim

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  7. Wondering if Joe Biden's tax records reflect his charitable giving? Contract and compare ...

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    1. What difference at this point does it make?

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    2. "I did NOT have sex with that woman!, Monica Lewinsky!"

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  8. I never cared for The Apprentice, but did know that PRESIDENT TRUMP had done a lot of good for NYC - back when they THOUGHT he was a democrat (he donated to a lot of them, but had to in order to run his businesses effectively) they loved him - but mostly his money! He spent all those years seeing and listening and probably seething!! People need to research his interviews from the 80's - he's doing now what he said needed to be done back then!!

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  9. I marched in that Vietnam Veterans Parade across the Brooklyn Bridge and down the Financial District with my unit, the Fifth Special Forces, and I will never forget that day. As we marched, our senior leader called out, "What are we?" "Airborne." "How far?" "All the way." As we approached the Manhattan end of the bridge, He invited us to sing "God Bless America." I called out, "Irving Berlin, who wrote it, is still alive and living in Midtown. Let's sing it loud enough for him to hear it."

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    1. Wow, man, that is soooooo great.

      You know carolers once went to his apartment and sang White Christmas. He was so touched, he invited them in for cocoa. It became an annual thing until the Lord called him at 101

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    2. The best book I've read in a long, long time; it is virtually without flaw:

      "As Thousands Cheer, The Life of Irving Berlin [1888-1989]," by Laurence Bergreen [1950- ]; Viking [Penguin Group; Viking Penguin, etc.] (1990 hardcover).

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  10. Joe Kent is a retired Green Beret who lost his wife to an ISIS suicide bomber in Syria. Read what he thinks about PDJT and veterans:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-came-dover-after-my-wife-was-killed-fighting-isis-ncna1239425

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  11. President Trump is only one of a handful of truly virtuous Presidents this country has had since George Washington, who - himself - set the standard for virtuous presidential behavior. Thank you, President Trump.

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  12. Great article! The contrast between the Biden voters and the Trump Patriots is stunning! They are like the lonely kid, dressed in black, sulking in the corner because no one invited him to play. We're dressed out in our red, white, blue, and PINK, parading in cars and boats, standing on street corners, our flags of joy waving in the breeze, full of optimism and American pride! Who would ever want to join them in their hell? P.S. I just noticed how much son Barron resembles his dad in this picture!

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  13. Nice article about Pres. Trump.
    Just an FYI...you don't win the MOH.

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