The 95th Annual New York City Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the nation. The theme of the parade this year, Land of the Free/Home of the Brave, is honoring the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner”. In addition, USMC is this year’s featured service branch in the parade. Parade participants from over 30 states will march down the city streets to the sound of honored high school marching bands. It is projected to have over 600,000 spectators for this event!
The second largest Veterans Day parade will be held in Las Vegas, NV. This parade will have statewide veteran organizations, ROTC units, and active military units in attendance. Michael Grimm, a winner from America’s Got Talent, will kick off the parade by singing the National Anthem. From the energy that Las Vegas brings, this parade is sure to be exciting and festive.
The National Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. This celebration will honor our veterans with laying wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknowns. In addition, speeches from distinguished service members, a moment of silence, and a prayer for our veterans will be on the itinerary for this traditional celebration.
One of the more unique celebrations for Veterans Day took place over the weekend on November 8th in Tucson, AZ. A volleyball tournament for current and former service members was held in downtown Tucson. A beer garden, food trucks, and live music made this celebration upbeat and entertaining for all in attendance.
Do you attend a Veterans Day celebration to honor our veterans?