President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, along with Mike and Karen Pence addressed a room full of Wounded Warriors today in the White House.
The President gave a very moving speech that was well received by all in attendance. The veterans are taking part in Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, a four day cycling event in the Washington area meant to raise awareness about veteran’s issues and provide camaraderie for the veterans.
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Here is part of the President’s speech to the veterans:
“Melania and I are deeply honored to join you all today and to stand here among real heroes — these are real heroes,” the President began. “Secretary Shulkin and Secretary Zinke, who are standing right here in front of us, I want to thank you as we pay tribute to America’s heroes and winners. The soldier ride has been very unique.”
“Thank you for organizing this event. And thank you for serving, those who have so bravely served our nation.”
“On behalf of the country, let me extend to all of the riders and your families the warmest possible welcome to the people’s house. I call it the people’s house. It’s the White House, but I call it the people’s house. You are all so amazing.”
On crutches, wheelchairs, canes and prosthetics, Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride members introduced into the East Room. pic.twitter.com/HAdIoyb3oA
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“You’ve risked all that you have, all that you possess, to keep our people safe and our democracy secure. We are going to keep it going for a long time folks. You’ve earned our freedom with your sweat and your blood. We salute you, we salute your service.”
“The story of today’s event is a story about America and the strength of our citizens. In 2004, a young man working in a tavern was moved by a desire to help his fellow Americans who were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. So Chris Carney had the idea to ride a bike across the country and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.”
“He biked 4,000 miles — Where is Chris? Chris, stand up. Wow — and raised, at that time, $1 million. This act of devotion to our heroes inspired others. Since then, the soldier ride has become an annual even that uplifts our nation.”
“I am proud to continue this incredible tradition, and we are going to keep it going for a long time. I should have it for about seven more years,” Trump said.
“Our way of life continues because of men and women who are willing to sacrifice anything and everything to protect their fellow warriors, and to protect all of this. Each of you has carved your place into the history of this incredible nation. The people of our nation thank you. They really thank you.”
Here is video from the event showing the President’s speech: