New York, NY, November 4, 2014 – New York City Veterans Community leaders today announced details for the third annual Veterans Week NYC — an ambitious schedule of both public and invitation only events and benefits. On November 11 the Week’s marquee event takes place, “America’s Parade,” the 95th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, the largest celebration of service in the nation, with participants from all over the U.S. marching up Fifth Avenue.
“Veterans Week NYC, with America’s Parade as its centerpiece, features an amazing lineup of events that celebrate and honor the brave men and women, past and present, who serve in the U.S. military,” said Vince McGowan, President of the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), producers of the Parade. “Veterans Week and America’s Parade offer New Yorkers and America the ideal venue to honor and say ‘Thank You’ to the nation’s vets for all that they do and the sacrifices they make.”
Veterans Week NYC 2014, events throughout November devoted to celebrating, thanking and honoring our nation’s veterans and active duty military personnel, has been organized under one comprehensive banner that includes seminars, forums, concerts, tours, screenings, symposiums and special benefit galas.
Veterans Week NYC activities include:
- Patriots Tour, bus tour of war monuments throughout the five boroughs led by Vietnam veteran (USMC) and author, Cal Snyder, November 3 – November 7
- “Stand Up for Heroes,” benefitting the Bob Woodruff Foundation with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver and other special guests at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, November 5
- Salute to Women Who Served and Are Serving, with host Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and guest speakers U.S. Army Col. Mary Westmoreland (Ret.), Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree K. Sutton, and U.S. Army Col. Connie Christianson (Ret.), at General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, November 6
- Star Spangled Banner Tribute – – OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 ▪ Noon – 6:00pm
Monday, November 10, 2014 ▪ 10:00am – 4:00pm
Engaging exhibition open to the public; strong artwork by veterans; military history of NYC’s 5 boroughs, and other informative displays.
- Veterans Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, November 9
- Band of Pride Concert, 1,000 high school students from national marching bands in the parade and USMC Quantico Band perform in Times Square, November 10
- “Saluting Our Veterans” Veterans Resource Fair & U.S. Navy Band Concert at the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, November 10
- America’s Parade, the 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade, along Fifth Avenue, November 11
- BASETRACK Performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 11 – November 15
- IAVA’s 8th Annual Heroes Benefit Gala hosted by Brian Williams and honoring U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Mullen (Ret.) at Cipriani 42nd Street, November 13
For an updated and full calendar of Veterans Week NYC 2014 events, visit www.uwvc.org/vetsweek
Leading the parade as Grand Marshal is former New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, which is especially meaningful as the Marine Corps is the parade’s featured service branch this year.
More than 25,000 participants, including active military members, veterans of every U.S. war since World War II and marching bands from across the nation, will march up Fifth Avenue in what will mark the 95th anniversary of the first Veterans Day Parade ever.
Veterans Week NYC, includes several events honoring veterans, especially Marine Corps, and explores issues important to them. Events include the Marine Corps Birthday Dinner, marking the 239th anniversary of the founding of the Corps. Parade sponsors include Wounded Warrior Project, CHASE, HBO, UWVC Recycling Program and History Channel.
The Parade takes place on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 11:15 AM to 3:30 PM, traveling up New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 52nd Street. It will be broadcast live from noon to 3 p.m. on FOX 5 in New York. Fox’s MyNetworkTV will also air a one-hour broadcast of parade highlights in New York City as well as Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando/Daytona Beach, Phoenix and Washington D.C.
With participants from more than 30 states and the event also being broadcast to military bases around the world and Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, the Veterans Day parade in New York City truly is “America’s Parade.”
For more information, visit www.UWVC.org or call 877-PARADE3. Join the conversation @AmericasParade on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
About Veterans Week NYC: Veterans Week NYC 2014 runs through 20th and encompass events running throughout the month of November. Centered on the New York Veteran’s Day Parade, Veterans Week NYC launched as an annual New York City destination event, intended to celebrate, thank and honor veterans and active duty military personnel. The Week will encompass a series of events, including seminars, forums, concerts, tours, screenings, symposiums and special benefit galas. Ultimately, the goal of Veterans Week is to highlight the importance of honoring the service of America’s veterans and send the important signal that celebrating our veterans and their families should become part of America’s DNA…..every day of the year.
About United War Veterans Council: The United War Veterans Council, Inc. (UWVC) is a 501-(c) (19) non-profit organization that is chartered by the City of New York to produce America’s Parade, the annual Veterans Day parade and other events honoring service. Since our inception, the UWVC has been a non-political, non-partisan organization, with no agenda or purpose other than to honor service and mobilize public support for our veterans. We represent the mosaic of the veterans’ community, encompassing veterans of all eras and backgrounds. www.uwvc.org / FB / Twitter. For more information on “America’s Parade,” visit AmericasParade.org, or call 877-PARADE3. Join the conversation @AmericasParade on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.