Year of 2017

New York City Veterans Day parade

Half a million people will line Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue today for the annual New York City Veterans Day parade, the nation’s largest event honoring our servicemen and women. This year’s event marks the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War in 1917. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, and was established to mark the end of WWI and honor veterans of that war. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day so that the holiday would honor veterans of all wars. We join our nation today in saying ‘thank you’ to veterans near and far.

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
World War I veteran Joseph Ambrose, 86, at the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War