United War Veterans Council marks Iwo Jima Anniversary by announcing WABC-TV as the Broadcast Home for 2019 New York City Veterans Day Parade
New York’s Most Watched Station will bring the Centennial Event to More Viewers across More Platforms
NEW YORK, March 26, 2019 – On the 74th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Iwo Jima, The United War Veterans Council (UWVC) announced that it has chosen WABC-TV, the #1 station in New York and the nation’s most watched television station, for carriage of the 2019 and 2020 New York City Veteran Day parades. The battle for Iwo Jima, which took place during World War II, is remembered as an iconic moment the history of the United States Marine Corps, which will lead the Parade as this year’s Featured Service Branch. This year’s event also marks the Centennial of Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day), celebrating 100 years of honoring America’s veterans and active service members. The proceedings on Monday, November 11th, will be broadcast live on WABC in New York, WABC branded streaming services, on its website abc7ny.com, and the station’s news app from Noon-3 p.m., EST.
WABC, which is part of Walt Disney Television, has a long history of supporting veterans and the veteran service programs. The station actively participates in the Disney’s Heroes Work Here program and has sponsored numerous veterans related events, including the Stand up For Heroes benefit and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
“WABC is proud to stand alongside our veterans as they celebrate 100 years of this magnificent event in our city,” said Debra OConnell, President and General Manager of the station. “We are thrilled to add the New York City Veterans Day Parade to our growing list of impactful community events.” In addition to the parade broadcast itself, the station will produce content about veterans and the programs and services of the UWVC year-round.
“The unforgettable image of Marines raising our flag on Iwo Jima symbolizes the story of every American veteran” said Mark Otto, UWVC Executive Director and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. “WABC is unmatched in its commitment to spotlighting these stories, and we are excited to partner with them to bring the Parade to more people in New York and around the world.”
The New York City Veterans Day Parade is our nation’s largest event honoring service. Produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), the Parade provides the public with the opportunity to salute our veterans and military, and raises awareness for organizations working to serve their needs. It is the centerpiece of an annual citywide effort to honor our veterans community. The Parade features veterans groups and service providers, military units, youth and civic groups, top high school bands from across America, vintage vehicles, floats and more. It is supported by numerous sponsoring partners, including UWVC Recycling, First Data, Cushman & Wakefield and Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, visit uwvc.org/vetsday.
WABC-TV has been the leader in local news and entertainment programming in the New York City area for more than 60 years. Producing more than 45 hours of live, local news and weather each week, Channel 7 “Eyewitness News”is the most-watched local news in New York and the United States. WABC-TV also produces “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” weekdays at 9:00 a.m., which is seen in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Quality news and programming, cutting-edge technology and ongoing community outreach are the hallmarks of excellence that have consistently kept WABC-TV New York’s No. 1 station and the most-watched television station in the nation.
About the United War Veterans Council
The United War Veterans Council, Inc. (UWVC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that honors and serves veterans. We achieve this goal by supporting and promoting a wide range of initiatives that provide vital services to our veterans community (including health, wellness and education), raising positive awareness and increasing public understanding of the needs of our veterans, military service members and their families through major public events and promotional activities, and uniting veterans groups, community organizations, government agencies, businesses of all sizes and the general public. For more information, visit www.uwvc.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.