Photographs of the Veteran’s Day Parade
Every November the United War Veteran’s Council puts on a parade to commemorate the brave men and women of our nation’s armed services, and, every year, they choose a different theme. The theme last year was, “Never Forget,” a sentiment especially important considering the many anniversaries it witnessed. Not only did the 11-11-11 parade mark the 92nd anniversary of the very first New York City Veteran’s Day Parade– which itself celebrated the end of World War I–it marked 10 years since September 11th, and the start of our war in Afghanistan. It marked 50 years since the beginning of major American military involvement in Vietnam in 1961, and 70 since the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. With these many milestones, it truly was a time for remembering.
With its rich history and its powerful mission, the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade has always held a very special place in my heart. Of the hundreds of photos I took to document the day, I am sharing a few more below. I hope they give a sense of the immensity of the occasion, and its importance, not only to those being honored, but to all of us who enjoy the fruits of their labor.
This year’s theme was a good one: may we Never Forget.