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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented event organizers with unprecedented challenges. With large gatherings prohibited due to public health and safety reasons, many of NYC’s iconic events have been cancelled, or gone virtual — usually shining the spotlight on a select few leaders and notable figures to tell the story of their community and constituency.
Veterans Day is different.
More than any other occasion, a Veterans Day commemoration *must* be a truly participatory event. Every veteran deserves acknowledgement; every American deserves a chance to say, “Thank you.”
Guided by these principles, and in anticipation of the continued suspension of large gatherings and events, the United War Veterans Council has developed a series of socially distant and responsible live events as well as an expanded slate of virtual components.
Continue reading below to learn how these activities maintain the continuity of our Fifth Avenue traditions, spotlight the groups that regularly participate in the Parade, and give individual veterans and the general public the opportunity to be a part of our commemoration.
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ON VETERANS DAY
- Veterans Day Motorcade – A procession of 120 vehicles will roll along the traditional Fifth Avenue parade route, featuring representatives from regular Parade participants. » Learn more
- Virtual Line of March – On Veterans Day, our social media streams will roll out 200+ profiles of regular Parade participants, with a group “stepping off” every minute. » Learn more
- Veterans Day TV Special – A 90-minute live broadcast on WABC, the most-watched station in the nation. » Learn more
- Motorcycle Ride – A special ride down the Parade route by our veteran motorcycle groups. » Learn more
- Wreath layings – Small, socially distant ceremonies at select locations throughout the City, including “made for TV” moments to engage the general public. (Details TBA)
LEADING UP TO AND ON VETERANS DAY
- “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. » Learn more
Themes: 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.
We’ll release more information over the weeks to come, including details about our TV broadcast, our Grand Marshal announcement, and more tools and resources for participants and the public.