On November 11, 2014, the NYC Veterans Day Parade featured a moving tribute by West Point Pipes and Drums.
The parade, which marched up the iconic Fifth Avenue from Madison Square Park to 52nd street, honored the bicentennial of the national anthem this year. Organizers reported that there were an estimated 20,000 participants, including many veterans going back to World War II. About 600,000 people were estimated to watch the parade.
During the parade’s opening ceremony, Grand Marshal and former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “As a young Marine, I deployed to Vietnam. I can tell you, for me, it was a life-changing experience, a life-shaping experience, that has stayed with me my entire life.”
The World Peace Tartan Poppy carries a message of peace and nonviolence for Remembrance Day.
For more information on the parade at the performance by West Point Pipes and Drums, visit the parade homepage here.