NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thousands in New York City are honoring the U.S. military and the U.S. Armed Services Special Forces on Veterans Day.

Over 20,000 participants marched in the 92nd Annual Veterans Day Parade alongside 3,000 active-duty servicemen and women.

Five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including Marine Corps veteran Dakota Meyer and 94-year-old Nicholas Oresko, the nation’s oldest living honoree,  are marching in the parade.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports from the parade

“It’s an honor to be here first off and then to see all these old troops walking and talk to them about their service, it’s an honor,” Master Sergeant Allen Chmielinski told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

“It means so much to me,” Mjr. Dale Hanavan said. “It means so much to my soldiers. It’s who we are.”

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall Along 5th Avenue

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who is playing an airman in an upcoming movie, rode on a float with the Tuskegee Airmen along with actor Tom Selleck.

“I can’t tell them enough, express enough my gratitude,” Gooding Jr. told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are also expected in the city. They are expected Friday evening at the unveiling of a 16-foot-tall bronze statue, which is getting a temporary home in lower Manhattan at One World Financial Center. Its permanent home will be at the World Trade Center site.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Never Forget” in a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

There will be additional observance of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War and the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation.

The parade kicked off on Fifth Ave at 23rd St at 11 a.m.

As far as bridges and road closures, a special event construction embargo is in effect for the parade until Friday night. For more information, click here.

Comments (6)
  1. lieut dan's aunt says:

    well said elena! my dad a navy vet also of ww2. 2 of mom’s cousins (marines) were killed in europe. other family members and friends have also proudly worn the uniforms of different armed services. it is never too late to say thanks. dad is now in an alzheimer’s facility, where they were having a pinning ceremony for vets today. dad remembers his service as a quartermaster, even though he doesn’t recognize me. their service and the faces of their comrades, now gone are still very dear to the “greatest generation.” to our younger real heroes, thanks to you as well. thanks is such an insufficient word. fly your flags at home, not just today, but every day.

  2. Elena Paperny says:

    As the proud daughter of a WWII vet, thanks to all vets, living and gone, who have given us so much, and have asked for so little. When you see one, say, “God bless you!”, for they deserve it. Miss you always, Dad.

  3. simon goldfarb says:

    Joe Biden is a disgrace to the country and a bigger disgrace than Mayor Retardedberg. They should both take a long walk off a short pier.

  4. Carlos Liriano says:

    as Vietnam veteran i will never forget the friends i made and the one i lost, but giving the opportunity i will do it all over again.

  5. Bullett says:

    Honor a Vet. Shake their hand and thank them for the freedom that you have everyday.

  6. michaelfury says:

    “Never Forget”

    No, we never will.

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