Veterans Day Parade (New York City)
|Veterans Day Parade|
The parade in 2009.
|Frequency||yearly on Veterans Day|
|Venue||Fifth Avenue, Borough of Manhattan|
|Location(s)||New York City, New York|
|Leader||United War Veterans Council (UWVC)|
The Veterans Day Parade in New York has been in existence since 1919.
Over 25,000 people participate in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City each year, making it the largest in the nation.
Robert M. Morgenthau, the former Manhattan district attorney; United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as Navy veteran, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Incidentally, Morgenthau was born in 1919, the same year of the first Veteran's Day Parade.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was the Grand Marshal for the 95th edition of the parade. Kelly was bestowed the honor in recognition of his time in the Marines, as well as Kelly's 13 years as police commissioner in two separate appointments (1992–1994 and 2002–2013), under Mayors David Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg, respectively.
The parade took place on 11/11/11 (November 11, 2011), commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, 2001. The 2011 parade included 27 active military units from all branches, six Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation.
There are a variety of marchers, floats and marching bands in the Veterans Day Parade. Participants include active officers, various veterans groups, junior ROTC members, and the families of veterans.