Announcing our modified Veterans Day Parade plans

Our expanded activities will honor service and preserve traditions while maintaining the health and safety of participants and the public.

SEPT 15, 2020 – NEW YORK  The United War Veterans Council (UWVC), producers of the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, announced today its long-anticipated plans for this year’s commemoration on November 11, 2020. These plans consist of both socially distant and responsible live components as well as an expanded slate of virtual activities.

Every year, the Parade honors all eras of service and all service branches.  This year’s commemoration will mark a number of anniversaries, including the 75th of the end of World War II, the 70th of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield.  The featured service branch will be the United States Navy.

The Parade is the largest of its kind in America, with tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of live and on-screen spectators in a typical year.  This year, Parade organizers have addressed the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by monitoring the developing situation and negotiating with the City of New York and other stakeholders to develop an approach that preserves New York City’s Veterans Day traditions while ensuring public safety.

“Unlike many other events, Veterans Day is a truly participatory event: every veteran deserves acknowledgement,” said UWVC Executive Director Mark Otto. “Our plans ensure that all of the veteran and veteran support organizations who typically join us will have a chance to participate in some way and that individual veterans will also have a chance to connect to our activities. The general public will also have numerous opportunities to show their gratitude to those who have served.”

In this spirit, the UWVC is organizing the following activities:

  • Veterans Day Motorcade – A procession of 120 vehicles will roll along the traditional Fifth Avenue parade route, featuring representatives from regular Parade participants.
  • Virtual Line of March – A social media stream will roll out 200+ profiles of regular Parade participants, with a group “stepping off” every minute.
  • Veterans Day TV Special – A 90-minute live broadcast on WABC, the most-watched station in the nation. 
  • Motorcycle Ride – A special ride down the Parade route by our veteran motorcycle groups.
  • Wreath layings – Small, socially distant ceremonies at select locations throughout the City, including “made for TV” moments to engage the general public.
  • “MARCHING ORDERS” – Eleven (11) activities to engage individual veterans and the general public, with commemorative, fitness, educational and creative options — including elements for children and families. 

Full details can be found online at nycvetsday.org» Click here 

As Veterans Day approaches, UWVC will be announcing updates and also highlighting activities organized by the broader NYC veterans community.

“As we’ve stated before, this year’s Veterans Day commemoration will look a bit different.  However, we know that our veterans and their supporters will embrace the opportunity to celebrate service while staying safe,” said Otto.  “As we learned in the Marine Corps, ‘Improvise; Adapt; Overcome!”

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