(Washington, DC) Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) was extremely shocked by the announcement that President Trump will travel to Paris to mark Veterans Day. We urge the President to remain in the United States for our National Veterans Day activities.
Veterans Day was originally created to celebrate Armistice Day, which is the end of World War I, and with the 100th anniversary of the armistice rapidly approaching, it is undeniable that we must acknowledge the sacrifices that World War I American soldiers made for this country. On Veterans Day, we must also celebrate the service of LIVING soldiers and sailors.
We request that President Trump leads the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and being with the National VSO leaders on the dais for the ceremonies at Arlington. Afterwards, we request that he attend the VSO reception with members of VSOs around the country. From those leaders, President Trump will surely hear about the heroism and sacrifices that Americans made during World War I and continue to make today.