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President Donald Trump will lead New York City’s 100th annual Veterans Day Parade next week, becoming the first sitting president to accept the honor, the event’s organizers announced Wednesday.

But while Trump will be making history Monday as he attends the parade, an offer the United Veterans War Council has made to every president since 1985, his involvement as a citizen with the annual Veterans Day event dates back to 1995 when he saved the event from dire financial straits.

Less than three months before the 1995 Veterans Day parade, in mid-August, organizers had just $1.21 in the event’s bank account after receiving nothing from the 200 corporations, including military contractors, they had reached out to for financial support, The New York Times reported in 1995.

“Zippo, dada, zilch,” the 1995 parade’s executive director, Tom Fox, told The NYT. “Nothing from Northrup, United Technologies, none of them. To me, it’s a sin.”

It was at that point then-businessman Trump stepped in and saved the event by contributing between $325,000 and $375,000, parade organizer Vincent McGowan told CNN in 2016.

Trump’s contribution unleashed a windfall of donations to the parade’s organizers. While the parade’s budget was ultimately reduced from $2.9 million to $2.4 million, The NYT reported, the show was able to go on.

Trump had also requested to be named the grand marshal of the 1995 parade in exchange for his contribution, a move that had reportedly angered some veterans at the time, but McGowan told CNN that Trump was never given the honor because he was not a veteran.

McGowan could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman for the United Veterans War Council told the Daily Caller News Foundation that CNN’s reporting in 2016 that Trump had saved the 1995 Veterans Day Parade was accurate.

Trump’s donation to help the 1995 parade followed a $1 million contribution he made in 1985 to help fund the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in New York City.

As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump donated $1 million to the Marine Corps Law-Enforcement Foundation, a charity that provides educational services to the children of fallen Marines and police officers, CNN reported.

Bill White, a co-producer of the 2019 Veterans Day Parade, recalled on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday how Trump saved the 1995 parade.

“[T]he parade was in difficult financial straits, and the president of the United States — then ‘The Donald’ — no questions asked, just said, ‘Yes, I will do it,’” White said.

“He wrote a ginormous check, saved the Veterans Day Parade,” White said. “He has been a friend to our veterans for many, many, many years … We are so grateful to our president. We have a great commander-in-chief. There’s going to be 30,000 veterans, 400 military units … and it’s our 100th anniversary.”

  • Sgt2U says:

    As time goes on we hear of more and more instances of generosity from our president in the past and present. He loves and helps the Military, Law Enforcement and everyday citizens. God bless him and his loved ones.

  • Gr8awakening says:

    How much money do any of these senators give compared to how much they take?
    Sadly the good things people do never gets reported.
    These politicians all have mansions and Jet-set across the country on the tax payers dime.
    Term limits should be done by executive order ASAP!!

  • Sue Jacskon says:

    Just one more reason to be so Proud of Our President, Donald J. Trump. He has been the most supportive & generous American citizen & now POTUS, with his genuine Love & Admiration of those that serve to keep America & Americans safe. Whether it is our Military or Law Enforcement service members, they can always know that the President has their back 100%, unlike what we have seen since the Reagan Presidency. I think that the entire Trump Family has also shown their Love for America. The each removed themselves from their very prosperous businesses & joined the President in “Making America Great Again”. They all work long hours & deal with the difficult Media sources that Hate the entire Trump Family & all of those like myself that support & admire them. We get called names, attacked if we wear a hat or shirt showing our support for the President, have nasty filthy people spit or throw liquids on us & even physically beat, hit or kick not just Trump supporters but our Police Officers as well. The Media does not cover incidents like this, just like the incident that happened in Charlottesville, VA when we were introduced to the ANTIFA mob. The fact that a person died when they were hit by a vehicle has resulted historical monuments being torn down with memorial events for the young woman that died that day. I’m just wondering how many people heard any media coverage about the two State Troopers that died that day when their helicopters crashed while providing air surveillance? No information was ever released as to what or who caused the crash. This is going to get worse if WE do not demand that the same rules apply to the Trump haters that the Trump supporters display.

  • james hague says:

    God Bless the President of the United States as a true AMERICAN PATRIOT who has always SUPPORTED THE MILITARY, not in ‘sound bites’ but in deeds!

    Thank You VERY MUCH MR. PRESIDENT for all the positive impact you have on those who serve, veterans, and their families.

    From an old disabled veteran’s most heartfelt THANKS to you and your family!

    Keep up your Great Work as the shining beacon of light in a dark and swamp infested Washington, DC full of “sound bite emptiness!”

    James R. Hague
    USN 1967 – 1988

  • Each day we learn something new that President Trump has done, i for one, am totally proud to support and say loudly—–MAGA TRUMP2020 !!!!

  • Billy says:

    Maybe someone should remind CNN what they reported in 1995 about Trump. Apparently they have forgotten what a patriot he is, They bash and undermine him on a daily, hourly basis. CNN has turned out to be the most anti-American news media. The world only knows about Trump what CNN reports. Their lies and deception is just a propaganda machine for the democrat party. Their analysis and gossip reporting is always in reverse of actual.

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