The annual New York City Veterans Day Parade is produced by the United War Veterans Council, and supports our veterans and military while reaching an audience of millions. The Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the nation, featuring: 600,000+ parade spectators in the heart of Manhattan. A television broadcast reaches millions, as well as Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals across America and our Armed Forces around the world. 100,000 copies of their Commemorative Newspaper, is distributed before, during and after the parade, and sent to military units and installations around the U.S. and overseas.
This year’s theme is “UNITED WE STAND”, reminding the public to stand behind America’s veterans, as well as reflecting one of the founding principles of our nation. This year’s featured service branch is the U.S. Coast Guard (all branches will participate). The Parade will mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and will commemorate the history of the Medal of Honor. It will also be part of the ongoing Department of Defense Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The parade takes place today Sunday, November 11, 2012 beginning at 11:25 a.m. and lasting until approximately 3:30 p.m. The parade travels along Fifth Avenue from 26th Street north to 56th Street.
Who Participates in the Veterans Day Parade?
There are a variety of marchers, floats and marching bands in the Veterans Day Parade. Participants include active officers, various veteran’s groups, junior ROTC members, and the families of veterans. The parade includes active military units from all branches, Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation.
The Veterans Day Parade has been organized in New York since 1929. Over 25,000 people participate in the parade each year, making it the largest in the nation. The Veterans Day commemoration begins with a wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park with the parade beginning at 11:25 a.m.