(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump praised U.S. forces for the raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a speech at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday.
“The towering spirit of strength that we see in this city lives within the heart of every American warrior. From the snow of Valley Forge to the jungles of Vietnam, from the forests of Belleau Wood to the beaches of Normandy, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq, that spirit has helped our fighters defeat tyrants, conquer fascism, vanquish communism, and face down terrorism,” Trump said.
“Just a few weeks ago, American Special Forces raided the ISIS compound and brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Thanks to American warriors, al-Baghdadi is dead -- his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three, his reign of terror is over, and our enemies are running very, very scared,” he said. “Those who threaten our people don’t stand a chance against the righteous might of the American military.”
The president said that U.S. servicemen and women “are the bravest, toughest, strongest, and most virtuous warriors ever to walk on Earth.”
“You left your families and fought in faraway lands. You came face-to-face with evil, and you did not back down. You returned home from war, and you never forgot your friends who didn’t return, including prisoners of war and those missing in action,” the president said.
“Every day, you think of them and pray for them, but your greatest tribute of all is the way you lived your lives in the years since. You raised your families. You endured the wounds of war, and you endured the pains of that memory. Yet, you keep going. You keep serving. You keep giving, and you keep loving. You volunteer at your local veterans post, and you keep in touch with your battle comrades.
“You support our Gold Star Families. You take care of our wounded warriors, and you stand alongside of our service members when they return from war,” the president said. “On Veterans Day, our nation rededicates itself to our most solemn duty. While we can never repay our warriors for their boundless service and sacrifice, we must uphold with supreme vigilance our sacred obligation to ‘care for those who have borne the battle.’”