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New York City Veterans Day Parade returns in person for the first time in 2 years – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City hosts its first Veterans Day Parade in two years.

Other events honoring our heroes will also be held in the city, having been scaled back last year due to the pandemic.

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There will be COVID protocols, but organizers say as the parade is an outdoor event, it will be open to guests regardless of vaccination status.

While Memorial Day honors those who died in military service, Veterans Day celebrates all brave men and women, both the living and the dead.

The in-person return of the 102nd annual New York City Veterans Day Parade begins with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the Eternal Light Flag Staff in Madison Square Park. The parade starts promptly after 12.30 pm

About 200 marching units, including bands, floats, and vintage vehicles, alight at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue and march north on Fifth Ave. to 45th St.

“We’re back this year,” parade organizer Nick Angione, chairman of the United War Veterans Council, told CBS2. “The parade is the best time to really say ‘thank you’ and celebrate veterans on Veterans Day.”

Veterans are also celebrated at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum hosts its annual memorial wreath-laying ceremony in the Hudson River from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The festivities have already started there on Wednesday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the Salute to Freedom Gala, where he presented the inaugural Intrepid Valor Award.

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The celebrations will not fade when the sun goes down. Iconic New York buildings, including the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, will glow brightly in red, white and blue as a tribute.

The New York City parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the country. This year also commemorates 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks.

There will be numerous road closures, so keep that in mind.

Meanwhile, other Veterans Day events are taking place in the Tri-State Area.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will attend a ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.

Newark will honor veterans who now serve as first responders with a memorial service at the Public Safety headquarters on Clinton Avenue.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will recognize local veterans for their service at a ceremony at Yonkers Memorial Plaza on South Broadway.

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On Long Island, Girl Scouts collect supplies for veterans in need. They are in the Applebees parking lot on Montauk Highway in Shirley.