Veterans Day Parade New York City 2009: Photos and Videos
One of the largest Veterans Day parades took place in New York City today. The parade has been an annual tradition ever since November 11, 1919, which makes this year's parade the 90th New York City Veterans Day Parade. The parade honours war veterans as well as all men and women currently serving in the army. The newly elected New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor David Paterson have attended the parade. The Navajo Code Talkers also took part in the parade. The New York City Parade began at 11 AM ET in Madison Square Park, and will end at 56th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Organizers say more than 20,000 people are participating in the Fifth Avenue Veterans Day parade. They include about 3,000 active-duty military, civic and youth groups.
After Mayor Bloomberg's breakfast, the parade festivities began with a 10 a.m. ceremony at Madison Square Park's Eternal Light Monument where Governor David Paterson addressed the crowd. The ceremony culminated in a wreath laying, 21-rifle salute and the playing of "Taps."
Other parades dedicated to remembering and celebrating war veterans took place throughout the world today in major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, New Orleans, Los Angeles, London and Normandy region of France.
The photos and videos of the 2009 New York City Veterans Day parade are attached.
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