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Mass Held At St. Patrick’s Cathedral To Honor Veterans

Veterans Day Parade Set For Monday Morning
U.S. Marines march in the Veteran's Day Parade on November 11, 2012 in New York City. Former Mayor Ed Koch is the grand marshal for the parade, which expects to draw thousands of spectators and is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

U.S. Marines march in the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11, 2012 in New York City. Former Mayor Ed Koch is the grand marshal for the parade, which expects to draw thousands of spectators and is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A veterans’ mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday, in honor of Veterans Weekend and Veterans Day on Monday.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, among those who participated was retired U.S. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody – who will serve as the grand marshal in the Veterans Day Parade.

Dunwoody was the first woman to achieve four-star rank in the U.S. Military.

“Thrilled, truly thrilled to be the grand marshal this year – New York City’s Veterans Day Parade; America’s parade,” she said.

There are issues, of course, including mental health and adapting back into society. Dunwoody said now is a good time to renew efforts to help our returning veterans.

Also participating in the religious service was retired U.S. Air Force Col. Terrance C. Holliday, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs.

The Veterans Day Parade is set to step off at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Fifth Avenue and 26th Street. The parade will proceed north on Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street.

A variety of marchers, floats and marching bands will participate, including active officers, veterans’ groups, junior ROTC members, and veterans’ families.

The parade has been held in New York since 1929.

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