Military.com is pleased to stream America's Parade, held in New York City on Veterans Day, on this page. The United War Veterans Council proudly presents America’s Parade, on Veterans Day in New York City. For over nine decades, New York has led the nation in observing Veterans Day, first observed in 1919 to commemorate the Armistice that ended World War I one year earlier (11:00 AM, November 11, 1918). Stay tuned to this page for details on this year's parade, and for live streaming video of the event on Veterans Day.
This year’s parade highlights post-9/11 military veterans and the police, firefighters and civilians who were 9/11 First Responders. The U.S. Coast Guard, which played a critical role in the maritime evacuation of 500,000 people from Manhattan on 9/11, and historically has served as both a first responder and a military arm, is the featured service for the 2016 parade. This year’s parade also features a special commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War – Operation Desert Storm.
To mark the 9/11 anniversary, the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) has named three Grand Marshals, who represent both post-9/11 military vets and 9/11 First Responders:
- Port Authority Acting COO Stephanie Dawson, a New York Army National Guard colonel who commanded troops at Ground Zero on 9/11 and later served in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq;
- New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Duggan, who responded on 9/11 and later served with the Army Reserve in Iraq, helping rebuild the Baghdad Fire Department.
- New York Police Detective Nelson Vergara, who spent months working at Ground Zero and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq;
“Since 1919, we have set aside November 11 as a special day to honor service and to remind all Americans, and our elected leaders, of the debt of honor we owe those who have served our nation,” UWVC Chairman Doug McGowan said. “In fact, every day should be Veterans Day.”
“At the United War Veterans Council, we consider this a solemn obligation to keep alive in the hearts of Americans a sense of gratitude and obligation to serve those who have served us,” UWVC President Dan McSweeney said. “We are expanding the America’s Parade effort to cities across the U.S., working with parades this year in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Our goal is to establish a nationwide network of parades by 2019, the 100th anniversary of the first parade."
This year’s parade begins with a memorial ceremony at the Eternal Light Flagpole in Madison Square Park, a monument to those who served in “the War to End all Wars.”
The parade concludes with the Veterans Village Resource Fair, featuring organizations which provide service to veterans, at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas.
America’s Parade is hosted by the City of New York and is supported by numerous patriotic partners, including JP Morgan Chase & Co., Aetna, UWVC Recycling, Cushman & Wakefield and AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole.
Learn more at americasparade.org.