The United War Veterans Council will host the 102nd annual Veterans Day celebration. The centerpiece of the commemoration is the New York City Veterans Day Salute, a live television broadcast on WABC, which is also being streamed online with Military.com.
The Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the country.
The 2021 Grand Marshal is Air Force veteran and local NYC hero Kevin Carrick, a retired Senior Master Sergeant who served for over two decades as an elite Pararescueman with the 106th Rescue Wing based in Westhampton, Long Island.
This year’s Parade features nearly 200 marching units, including veteran groups, service providers, military units, student veterans, and veteran employee groups, JROTC and more. Marching bands, floats and vintage vehicles will add to the celebratory atmosphere. In addition to the Grand Marshal, the Parade will welcome back U.S. Marine Corps Desert Storm hero and 2019 Emeritus Grand Marshall Eddie Ray.
The Parade, which takes place rain or shine, steps off at 12:30 pm and will end around 3:30 pm. It will proceed on its traditional route on Fifth Avenue, stepping off at 28th street and going north to 45th Street, subject to final participation and COVID-19 adjustments. Spectators can view the Parade on Fifth Avenue, from 29th Street to its endpoint.
Every year, New York City's Veterans Day commemoration honors all eras of service and all service branches. This year's event marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the Global War on Terror and the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.