NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday to pay respect to U.S. military veterans at the annual Veterans Day Parade.
Every year the parade focuses on a different branch of the military, this year it focused on the Marines. The grand marshal was former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who said serving in the Marines taught him everything he knows about leadership.
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“As a young Marine, I deployed to Vietnam,” he said during the parade’s opening ceremony at Madison Square Park. “I can tell you, for me, it was a life-changing experience, a life-shaping experience, that has stayed with me my entire life.”
Organizers said there were more than 20,000 participants, including veterans going back to World War II.
“It’s a great honor,” one 90-year-old veteran told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. “Never gets old. I keep myself fit so I can do this.”