NYC Hosts Veterans Day with Fifth Avenue Parade, honoring Vets going back to WWII time



The midweek November 11 parade — led by the United War Veterans Council — marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm. In all, there were 20,000 marches from 250 groups going up Fifth Avenue.

They were led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Robert Morgenthau, the longtime Manhattan district attorney and 96-year-old Navy veteran who survived several close calls during World War II.

The U.S. Navy was the featured military branch at the parade this year. But there were hundreds of men and women showing the colors of the Army, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard. Volunteers who served at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks joined in, as well.

And some of the loudest cheers for 20,000 marchers from 250 groups went to the uniformed NYPD officers who rode by on horseback.

The United War Veterans Council produces America’s Parade, the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the largest celebration of service in the nation. Each November 11, more than 25,000 participants, including veterans, active duty military personnel, high school marching bands from across the nation and others march up Fifth Avenue. The parade begins with a memorial ceremony, including a wreath-laying and Taps at the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park, dedicated in honor of those who fought in WWI. Hundreds of thousands of people line Fifth Avenue as the parade marches from 26th Street to 52nd Street.