Beginning in the early morning on November 11, 2011, preparations began in Madison Square Park to host the Veterans Day Parade opening ceremony and wreath laying ceremony.
November 11, 2011 marks the largest Veteran’s Day Parade in NYC with over 25,000 people present. Starting at the Eternal Light Memorial Flagpole, a bevy of esteemed guests honored our Veterans. Among those marching are 27 active military units, 6 Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and other proud supporters of our nation’s armed forces.
The pride and appreciation for our veterans was palpable as speeches were made celebrating US Veterans, past and present, at the opening ceremony. Speakers included US Senator Charles Schumer, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and CIA Director, General David Petraeus among many other distinguished guests.
The theme of this year’s 92nd annual Veterans Day parade was “Never Forget,” commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2001. Additional recognitions include the 70th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War and the 100th Anniversary of naval aviation.
Madison Square Park is extremely proud to host the Veterans Day Parade opening ceremony and take part in honoring the brave men and women who throughout history have answered our nation’s call to step up and risk their lives to preserve freedom in the United States and throughout the world.
Thank you Veterans for all of your sacrifices.
The Veterans Day Parade ran along 5th avenue, beginning at 23rd Street and ending at 56th.