Veterans Celebrated in Upbeat New York Parade

November 13, 2016 6:51 pm Last Updated: May 7, 2017 8:06 pm

NEW YORK—The pop of the snare drum, the boom of the bass drum, and the sound of marching footsteps echoed down Fifth Avenue Friday, as crowds lined up and waved their American flags to say thank you during the annual Veterans Day Parade in which over 25,000 marched in.

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Mayor Bill de Blasio was in one of the first processions. Prior to the parade, de Blasio laid a wreath at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park. The monument commemorates the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, which officially ended World War I.

A woman gives American flags to spectators during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
A woman gives American flags to spectators during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

The theme of this year’s parade was commemorating the the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, with special recognition of the troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other post 9/11 veterans. This year is also the 25th Anniversary of the Desert Storm operation.

The groups who participated in the march spanned from veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups, businesses, top high school marching bands, along with various ethnic groups who really take to heart the freedom we have here in the United States.

People from the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
People from the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Students from the Knickerbocker Grey School, founded in 1881, march in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Students from the Knickerbocker Grey School, founded in 1881, march in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Dancers perform in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Dancers perform in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Mrs. USA Universal in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Mrs. USA Universal in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants ride in a Jeep during the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants ride in a Jeep during the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Dancers perform in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Dancers perform in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Spectators show their support as parade participants walk by during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

A band performs on a float during the Veterans Day Memorial parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
A band performs on a float during the Veterans Day Memorial parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Members of the Tian Guo marching band which is a part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Servicemen march in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Servicemen march in the Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Woman dressed as Heavenly Maidens, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

An all woman Waist Drum Troupe, who are part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
An all woman Waist Drum Troupe, who are part of the Falun Gong meditation, march in the in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Veterans Day Parade

Participants march in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Participants march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Benjamain Chasteen/Epoch Times)