New York City will witness once again the country’s largest Veterans Day Parade today on Thursday, November 11.
In the city of New York, the Veterans Day Parade is in existence for more than 100 years now. The parade draws approximately 20,000 participants and 400,000 spectators every year. Last year there were no spectators along the route due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, this year’s parade is expected to be a routine one.
Below are all other details about the much-awaited NYC Veterans Day Parade. Read on!
NYC Veterans Day Parade 2021: Check out When, Where, and How to Watch Live Streaming
The New York City Veterans Day Parade will be telecasted live on ABC7 and also be streamed online at Military.com starting at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Marchers are scheduled to step off between 12.00 PM to 12:30 PM today after an opening ceremony at Madison Square Park and end between 3.00 PM to 3:30 PM.
The 102nd Annual Veterans Day Parade is hosted by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC). The parade will feature 200 marching units that include active-duty members of the Armed Forces, veteran’s groups, and JROTC members. This year’s parade will mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Kevin Carrick, Air Force Veteran and retired Senior Master Sergeant who served as a pararescueman in Westhampton, New York is Grand Marshal for the parade. According to UWVC, Carrick was deployed at Ground Zero post the deadly terror attack of 9/11 attacks to assist in search and rescue operations.
The parade route will start from W. 25th Street in Manhattan and continue in the north direction along Fifth Avenue to 40th Street. Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Avenue becomes the focal point every year to salute the men and women who have laid down their lives to defend our nation and its principles.
Mark Otto, UWVC President, and Executive Director said, “We look forward to returning in person to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the War on Terror, and the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.
These milestones represent critical moments in our nation’s history when brave men and women made great sacrifices to defend our country. We know that New Yorkers are eager to show their support for all of our veterans, and to welcome the Parade back to Fifth Avenue.”
Here is the latest information pertaining to the parade you need to know, of course, this is subject to change:
The parade will be a traditional and in-person event this year. There will be a few adjustments being made to ensure the safety of all participants, spectators and also to contain the spread of COVID-19. The traditional Opening Ceremony in Madison Square Park is likely to be reduced significantly this year.
Assembly for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. and the parade will be for three hours from 12-12:30 p.m. and run until 3-3:30 p.m.
Route of the NYC Veterans Day Parade 2021:
The parade will proceed as usual like each year on its traditional route, starting off at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue and going north on Fifth Avenue.
Depending on the final participation/COVID-19 adjustments the endpoint will be decided however it will be at least till 40th Street.
Grand Marshal of the Parade
Local hero and Air Force veteran Kevin Carrick who served more than 20 years as an elite Pararescueman (“PJ”) with the 106th Rescue Wing based in nearby Westhampton on Long Island will be Grand Marshal. These elite specialist force members are dedicated to saving the lives of citizens stuck in crisis.
Carrick represents the true spirit of service like deployment of force to combat zones overseas, disaster areas at home, providing support in healthcare emergency situation like the COVID pandemic and tackling terror attacks among many others that motivates every man and woman serving the nation.
The United States Air Force is featured in Service Branch this year. Like each year, every service branch will be acknowledged for their efforts and honored. There are approximately 200 marching units, including veteran groups, service providers, military units, student veterans, and veteran employee groups, JROTC, and more.
Just to add more to the celebratory atmosphere, marching bands, floats, and vintage vehicles will also be present. The parade will also welcome back Grand Marshal Eddie Ray, U.S. Marine Corps Desert Storm hero, and 2019 Emeritus.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols to be followed
Irrespective of whether the guests are vaccinated, they can participate in this outdoor event that is open to guests. However, guests have to adhere to New York State COVID-19 protocols. There has been a slew of additional protocols being implemented this year to maximize the safety and comfort of guests and participants.
All attendees and spectators are requested to be respectful of the safety, personal space, and comfort of fellow attendees, participants, parade team members, and NYPD members.
Street closure Measures
From 11.00 AM onwards, Street closures will begin along Fifth Avenue. The New York Police Department will reopen closed streets once the parade is ended around 5 p.m.
Opening Ceremony of the Veteran’s Day Parade
There will be a slight change in the traditional Opening Ceremony this year to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Instead of our usual speaker program, there will be a small group of the parade that is participated by community representatives in a wreath procession to the Eternal Light Memorial.
The public can view an abbreviated ceremonial opening at the beginning of the TV broadcast for the parade. You can visit URL: nycvetsday.org for details pertaining to the exact timings and details of the Parade.
The purpose of this NYC Veterans Day Parade is to honor our veterans, raise awareness among the public and salute members of our currently serving military. It is a non-partisan, non-political event.
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