The 103rd edition of the annual parade honoring war veterans was held in Manhattan on Friday amid rain and snow.
Prior to the march, a formal ceremony of crowning flowers was held in honor of soldiers who had died in the battles and included the participation of the parade’s Grand Marshal: Vincent Patton, the first African-American Army Chief Warrant Officer.
Diego Rubio of the United War Veterans Council Advisory Board explained, “As you can see, all the ‘wreaths’ (offerings) we have here are from different wars that veterans have fought and given their whole lives. “
“This is the largest parade of veterans here in the United States and we’re honored and proud to have every generation of veterans every year, and this year it’s the Coast Guard,” Rubio said.
Over 20,000 participants from the Army, Police, Navy and Vietnam, Korean and Gulf War era generations, as well as representatives of the countries’ armed forces, covered 20 blocks of Fifth Avenue.
Colonel Guillermo said, “We come here because we feel the same concepts, the same principles that have been fought for over the years, ie for freedom, for justice, for democracy and for peace in the world ” , inactive service of Ecuador.
And among the public of the parade, surely we find those who came to support their loved ones, who are part of the public force or who are also war veterans.
Parade participant Gloria Calle said, “Recalling the first year that my son’s brother-in-law Freddy was in the Marines and I support my grandson, my daughter in the police department as well, we are proud to be here today ” ,
“We came to ‘support’ our family, we have two nephews who are in the Sea Cadets organization of New York, the King family, they opened the parade with the flag”, said Zima Diaz.