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United War Veterans Council events for Veterans Week in NYC

By Chris Isleib and Ryan Hegg

Forward March Cover 2017The Centennial of World War One is featured on the front cover of the 2017 Forward March program for the New York City Veterans Day Parade.The United War Veterans Council in NYC invites you to join us in honoring America’s veterans in our nation’s largest city!

The UWVC is hosting activities on and around Veterans Day, including the New York City Veterans Day Parade (formerly America’s Parade) on November 11th, as well as activities that take place during Veterans Week NYC, November 4th-11th. The parade will feature100+ WWI re-enactors.

World War One is mentioned or showcased on 12 out of 88 pages of this year's FORWARD MARCH parade program, including a full-page highlight of New Yorker Sabin Howard, sculptor of the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. 95,000 copies of FORWARD MARCH will be distributed as an insert in the New York Daily News. The full FORWARD MARCH is available at

95,000 copies of FORWARD MARCH are going out tomorrow as an insert in the NY Daily News.  Full publication available at

NYC Veterans Day Parade

The New York City Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 11th, is our nation’s largest event honoring service. The Parade provides the public with the opportunity to salute our veterans and military, and raises awareness for organizations working to serve their needs.

This year’s Parade marks the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War (1917 ~ 2017). The U.S. Air Force is this year’s featured service. The Parade is also a key part of Veterans Day USA, a national network of events working towards the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day in 2019. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, will be the Grand Marshal for this year's parade.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. About 40,000 veterans, Active Duty military personnel, marching bands and veterans’ supporters march past 500,000 spectators.

File Apr 06 3 35 08 PMWorld War One re-enactors participating in the 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade.The parade is broadcast live from noon to 3 p.m. on WPIX-TV 11, and the American Forces Network. It is streamed on the WPIX website, and

Prior to the parade, the UWVC will host a Memorial Ceremony, at 10 a.m. with a wreath-laying, flag-raising, 21-gun salute and Taps, at the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park.

Veterans Week

In addition to the NYC Veterans Day Parade, the UWVC coordinates a citywide series of events honoring and supporting our veterans community.

These include a Marine Corps Birthday Celebration, a Marcus Goldhaber Benefit CD-Release Concert, a Veterans Unity Expo, and other activities.

A full list of these events, with details, can be found here:

Chris Isleib is the Director of Public Affairs for the United States World War One Centennial Commission. Ryan Hegg is the Producer of the NYC Veterans Day Parade for the United War Veterans Council.

AirForcePlane Header 1000x500The U.S. Air Force is the featured service in the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade..

HEADER BuzzAldrin 1000x500Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, will be the Grand Marshal for this year's New York City Veterans Day Parade.

VetsDay FDNYFlags PageHeader 1000x500The Fire Department of New York carries massed flags in a New York City Veterans Day Parade.

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