NEW YORK, NY October 13, 2020 – U.S. Navy Veteran Jared Lyon, the national president and CEO of Student Veterans of America (SVA) and a long-time champion of veterans’ rights, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2020 New York City Veterans Day Commemoration, United War Veterans Council (UWVC) Chairman Nick Angione announced today.
UWVC produces the New York City Veterans Day Parade, which first marched in 1919 and is historically the largest commemoration of service in America.
“Jared Lyon’s service to our nation and his dedication and effort on behalf of our brother and sister veterans make him a fitting choice to lead our Veterans Day commemoration,” Angione said. “This selection helps us focus on the rights of veterans to the best possible education, and the continued service our veterans provide our nation because of this education.”
“I’m honored to be invited to take part in the 101st Veterans Day commemoration in New York City on behalf of student veterans, supporters, and allies across the country, and all veterans who have served our nation,” said Lyon. “This is an important opportunity for Americans to come together to celebrate the achievements of our veterans, honor our servicemembers, remember the Fallen, and look ahead to an even brighter future.”
This year’s commemoration will be largely a virtual event, with a symbolic presence on New York City’s Fifth Avenue to maintain the tradition of veterans marching since 1919.
In the days leading up to Veterans Day and on November 11, there will be programming, including events and interviews and profiles, on nycvetsday.org. WABC-TV 7, the most-watched TV station in America, will broadcast a special Veterans Day show November 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. from their studios and from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Jared Lyon was appointed National President & CEO of Student Veterans of America (SVA) in 2016. He leads the organization’s efforts to empower student veterans using the transformative power of higher education. Since he took office, Lyon has overseen SVA’s growth to a network of more than 1,500 chapters on campuses in all 50 states and three countries overseas representing over 750,000 student veterans.
During his tenure, he co-authored the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), a comprehensive study of the first 854,000 student veterans to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In 2017 Lyon led SVA’s commitment to pass the “Forever GI Bill,” the largest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade with an economic impact of $3.4 Billion.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from 2001 to 2005, primarily as a battle station helmsman and diver aboard the U.S.S. Alexandria, a nuclear attack submarine. He took part in multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism.