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“New York City will host the largest Veteran’s Day parade in the country Thursday“– Paul Ebeling
The 102nd Annual Veteran’s Day Parade is hosted by the United War Veterans Council, and will feature almost 200 marching units, including active-duty members of the Armed Forces, Veteran’s groups, and JROTC members.
Marchers will step off between 12 – 12:30 p.m. after an opening ceremony at Madison Square Park. The parade is expected to end between 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Street closures will begin along Fifth Avenue at 11 a.m. The NYPD is planning to reopen closed streets around 5 p.m. after the parade has ended.
This yr’s parade is expected to be a return to normalcy after last yr’s parade featured no spectators along its route.
Grand Marshal for the parade is Air Force veteran Kevin Carrick, a retired Senior Master Sergeant who served as a pararescueman in Westhampton, New York.
US Stock Markets: While the US bond market this yr will be closed, US stock markets like the NYSE and Nasdaq do not close this yr Thursday, November 11, and will operate as usual on Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th. It is a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces, on the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was 1st issued on November 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I.
The purpose of Armistice Day was to honor the fallen soldiers of the Great War for their sacrifice and bravery.
In Y 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.
In Y 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I.
He led a delegation to General Eisenhower, who was all for the idea. Weeks then organized the 1st Veterans Day celebration in Y 1945 in Alabama and every yr since, until he died in Y 1985.
In Y 1982, he was honored by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal. Mr. Weeks was also named the ‘Father of Veterans Day’ by Elizabeth Dole.
Banks along with those under the Federal Reserve will be closed across the country, with some exceptions. Online banking services will still be in operation, ATMs should also be accessible.
Have a happy, healthy, prosperous Veterans Day, Celebrate!