NYC Veterans Day Parade 2019: Everything You Need To Know

November 11, 2019 - 8:29 am
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A historic moment will mark the New York City Veterans Day Parade as it celebrates its 100th year.

President Donald Trump will become the first sitting U.S. president to attend the red, white and blue affair on Monday.

It's been a common courtesy over the past century to invite the commander-in-chief to the parade, but this is the first time the invitation has been accepted.

Nick Angione with the United War Veterans Council says they were surprised and excited when President Trump responded "yes."

"My belief is that it sends a wonderful message that says, 'Hey, we are going to come together as a country.' This is one of the largest parades in the nation. This is where he chose to be and let's just put everything aside and just say thank you and just make it a party," Angione told WCBS 880's Sean Adams. "It's not Memorial Day, it's Veteran's Day, so it's just about thank you for your service, let's accentuate all of the positives, let's learn from the negatives and let's just put on a parade."

"It's a big deal, it's definitely something that amped up the Veterans Parade," Angione added.

While Angione has asked all parties to sheath their political swords and place the focus on the nation's veterans, someone had put up a sign reading "IMPEACH" in the windows of a building near Madison Square Park.

The New York City Veterans Day Parade is the largest commemoration of service in the nation, and will begin with an Opening Ceremony in Madison Square Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

President Trump will deliver remarks during the opening ceremony and then lay a wreath at the Eternal Light memorial in Madison Square Park.

As a private citizen, Trump made a substantial donation in the mid 1990s to help the parade recover from years of neglect, said United War Veterans Council Chairman Douglas McGowan. He also donated to the creation of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the mid 1980s and again, in the early 2000s.

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The first parade was held 100 years ago, when General John J. Pershing and 25,000 troops returned home from the first World War.

Every year since then, more than 25,000 participants including veterans, active duty military personnel and their supporters make their way up Fifth Avenue.

The parade will kick off at 24th Street and Fifth Avenue at noon and proceed north on Fifth Avenue to 48th Street. See the parade route.

The following streets will be closed Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Veteran’s Day Parade and Festival at the discretion of NYPD:

Formation
Broadway between 23rd Street and 28th Street
5th Avenue between 23rd Street and 24th Street
24th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
25th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
26th Street between Madison Avenue and 6th Avenue
27th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
28th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue

Route
5th Avenue between 24th Street and 48th Street

Dispersal
48th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue

Festival
46th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue

Miscellaneous
43rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
41st Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
30th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
25th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
22nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway
5th Avenue between 22nd Street and 23rd Street
Broadway between 22nd Street and 23rd Street
6th Avenue between 28th Street and 23rd Street
Madison Avenue between 26th Street and 23rd Street
Park Avenue between 26th Street and 23rd Street
26th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
25th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
24th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
23rd Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue

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