The 2014 New York Veterans Day Parade with Grand Marshal former NYPD commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War commenced Tuesday, November 11, 11:11am up Fifth Avenue at 29th Street to 53rd Street. Presented by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), this year’s America’s Parade theme Land of the Free/Home of the Brave, celebrated Francis Scott Key’s The Star-Spangled Banner 200th anniversary featuring the U.S. Marine Corps military branch in addition to honoring the bravery and commitment of veterans that have served, veterans that are serving, their families, military supporters and volunteers.
The parade showcased over 20,000 participants from veterans of all eras to active duty military to ROTC and JROTC units to civic and group youths to marching bands to floats and military vehicles. The Opening Ceremony at Madison Square Park included a wreath-laying ceremony honoring veterans who gave their lives for America. The Street Fair immediately followed the parade on 53rd Street.