To all my military Brothers and Sisters from all nations
Thank You and have a Happy and Safe Veteran’s Day.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
Celebrating Veterans Day Around the World
Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day—a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American servicemembers who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
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THE NYC VETERANS DAY PARADE
When Is The Veterans Day Parade?The Veterans Day Parade will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011.
What Time is the Veterans Day Parade?The Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.
Where Does the Veterans Day Parade Go?The Veterans Day Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 56th Street.
Who Participates in the Veterans Day Parade?There are a variety of marchers, floats and marching bands in the Veterans Day Parade. Participants include active officers, various veteran’s groups, junior ROTC members, and the families of veterans. The 2011 parade includes 27 active military units from all branches, six Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation.
Veterans Day Parade OverviewThe Veterans Day Parade has been organized in New York since 1929. Over 25,000 people participate in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City each year, making it the largest in the nation. The Veterans Day commemoration begins with a wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.
More About Veterans Day
What is a Veteran?
Veteran - whether active duty, reserve, discharged or retired is someone who took an oath to stand up for the freedom of their nation, willing to sacrifice anything up to, and including their lives.