The largest celebration of service in the nation, the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade steps off at around 11:15am from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 50th Street.
Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg (U.S. Army, Afghanistan) is 2018's Grand Marshal. The parade features over 300 marching elements and an estimated 20-30,000 participants, including veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups (including Junior ROTC), businesses, and top high school marching bands from across America. Floats, military and vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the excitement, which is viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The parade is preceded by the traditional Opening Ceremony next to Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue), which begins at 10am and concludes with a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11am (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).