Today was an emotional day for many as the United States celebrated Veteran’s Day, honoring the service of our Veterans and saluting all those currently serving in the military. The New York Veterans Day Parade had a phenomenal turn out of hundreds of thousands of people lining the street 5th Ave in Manhattan. Former NYPD Commissioner and Marine Raymond Kelly served as this year’s grand marshal. During Kelly’s speech for the opening ceremony, he reminisced about his service as a Marine and the life lessons he learned.
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.
According to the United War Veterans Council, more than 20,000 people participated in the parade including veterans who date back to World War II. Americans were reminded that their freedom was not free, and millions flocked to social media to thank Veterans and soldiers alike for their services and sacrifices. Today was also an important day for Americans to pay respects to those who have lost their lives protecting ‘The Home of the Brave’. Check out video footage of the opening of today’s New York Veterans Day Parade covered by CBS New York. Honor Veterans and share this with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter! What did you do to celebrate Veterans Day 2014?