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Veterans Day Parades Across the U.S.

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Veterans Day, which originally commemorated the Armistice or cessation of hostilities in World War I, is now a celebration and commemoration of all U.S veterans and of all of the nation’s conflicts. There are many ways we celebrate this day, but everybody loves a parade. Here is just a sampling of the many parades being held around the Nation.

New York City, New York
Billed as “America’s Parade” this is the largest in the Nation with over 600,000 spectators expected to line the route. The theme this year is “Land of the Free/ Home of the Brave” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The parade honors all branches of service with the U.S. Marine Corps as this year’s Featured Service Branch and with Former Marine and NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly serving as Grand Marshall. The parade is held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov 11, and starts at approx. 11:25 am rolling down 5th Av. to 56th St.

Washington D.C. / Manassas, Virginia
Believe it or not there is no parade in D.C. for Veterans Day. There are numerous events at monuments built to honor our servicemen and women but if you want a parade, you have to go to nearby Manassas. Held at 11:00am, Saturday, November 8th it will feature military and high school bands pipe and drum corps teams and military units from various Armed Services along with local Veterans organizations.

Denver, Colorado
Denver’s parade is held the Saturday before Veterans Day every year which this year will be November 8th. This is Denver’s first ever “Themed” parade which will present wars from throughout our Nation’s history. The parade will be broken down into serials that represent the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. Each segment will feature memorabilia from each era. The parade starts at 14th St. and Colfax Av. at 10:00am.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
This is the 95th edition of Pittsburg’s parade which is normally held on Veterans Day, yet they have decided to go with a Saturday event as well in order to attract a larger group of participants and a bigger audience. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The parade kicks off at 10:30 am at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11 Street in downtown with a reviewing stand in front of the United Steelworker’s Building.

Dallas, Texas
This year’s Grand Marshalls will be Vice Admiral David B. Robinson, USN (Ret), Corporal Jake Schick and Sergeant Vince Rios. It will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th and will start approx. 1 hour after the 11:00am massing of the colors and official ceremony at 11:00 am in front of City Hall. The parade will feature military vehicles and equipment and veterans organizations. The year’s theme is, “Honoring Our Wounded Veterans.”

San Diego, California
The theme of this year’s parade is a “Tribute to Veterans of Afghanistan & Iraq Wars” and will be held on Veterans Day, November 11th. Produced by “Veterans Week San Diego” the parade runs on No. Harbor Drive, past the U.S. Midway, ending on Pacific Highway. It will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Michael Ryan

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