(PRWEB) October 17, 2003
Army Public Affairs-New York Branch
NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY
Oct. 15, 2003
BIG APPLE PARADE TO SPOTLIGHT VETERANS
CONTACT: Pat Gualtieri, United War Veterans Council of New York County
PHONE (212) 693-1476
New York City will salute military veterans of all wars and eras by hosting the Veterans' Day Parade on November 11 up Fifth Avenue to midtown Manhattan. In honor of the hundreds of thousands of New York veterans, the parade will "honor all who served and are serving our great nation," according to event organizers.
WHO? City of New York and the United War Veterans Council of New York County
WHAT? 2003 Veterans' Day Parade
WHEN? Veterans Day, November 11 beginning at 10 a.m.
WHERE? Eternal Light Monument ceremony on Fifth Ave. between 23rd & 26th Sts. Veterans' Day Parade up Fifth Ave. from 23rd to 46th Sts.
WHY? Show the city's appreciation for the sacrifices made by all military veterans
Ever since the first Veterans Day - originally "Armistice Day" - was established in 1919, Americans have paused to salute the service and remember the sacrifice of the men and women who have kept us free.
"And rightly so," notes Patrick Gualtieri, executive director of the United War Veterans' Council. "For throughout a century of conflict and change, the courage and commitment of America's military men and women have never faltered. Through every skirmish and battle, in every war in every era, they have remained dedicated to the strength and survival of our nation."
The two major events are associated with this year's Veterans Day observance in New York City. First is the 10 a.m. Eternal Light ceremony and wreath-laying at the Eternal Light Monument on Fifth Ave. between 23rd and 26th Sts. It is followed precisely at 11 a.m. by the ringing of church bells throughout the city.
Second is the 2003 Veterans' Day Parade that begins immediately following the wreath-laying ceremony. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at 23rd St. and continues up Fifth Ave. to 46th St. The parade will honor veterans from all wars and conflicts, as well as New York City heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attack on America. Troops who've recently returned from fighting the Global War on Terrorism will also march in the parade.
To register as a parade participant, obtain updates and more information about the parade, call Pat Gualtieri, United Veterans War Council, at (212) .693-1476, or visit the Council's website at http://www.unitedwarvets.org.
Released by Army Public Affairs-New York Branch as a courtesy to the City of New York, United War Veterans Council and the 2003 VeteransÂ Day Parade organizers.