The tradition of celebrating our nation's veterans began with Armistice Day celebrations on November 11, 1919 marking the end of World War One to welcome home U.S. troops returning from WWI. After World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, a day to honor and remember veterans from all eras of American history. Although public support of veterans waned in the 1970s and 1980s due to controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, today the United War Veterans Council looks ahead to the approaching 100th anniversary which will take place in 2019.
The effort to support and celebrate our nation's veterans has been strengthened by post-9/11 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Veteran's Day takes place on November 11 every year. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day -- as both are holidays designed to honor people who have served in the U.S. Military. Veterans Day is intended to celebrate living people who have served in the military, while Memorial Day is a day to honor those who are no longer with us. Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so you'll usually find that banks and schools are closed, but most other businesses will be open. When November 11 falls on a Saturday, the holiday is typically observed on the Friday before (November 10) and when it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the Monday after (November 12.)
When Is The Veterans Day Parade?
The parade will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 beginning at 11:25 a.m. and lasting until approximately 3:30 p.m.
Where Does the Veterans Day Parade Go?
The parade travels along Fifth Avenue from 26th Street north to 52nd 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 United War Veterans Council typically names one or more Grand Marshalls to lead the parade each year, in honor of their service.
Veterans Day Parade Overview
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 11:15 a.m.