NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching New York City’s Veterans Week.

De Blasio presided over a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday a week before the Veterans Day holiday.

He praised the service of those in all branches of the military and vowed that the nation’s largest city would continue to honor them.

He also touted the city’s plan to end veterans’ homelessness by year’s end. Officials said the city was on pace to meet that goal.

“If anyone has an apartment available to rent or knows someone who does, we want to help get that apartment to a veteran who needs it, to a homeless veteran, and we have the resources to provide for the rent,” de Blasio told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

All of the armed forces’ flags will be flown at City Hall for the next two weeks.

“All branches do so much for us,” de Blasio said.

The mayor will also march in next week’s annual Veterans Day parade.

The USS New York, which contains some steel from the World Trade Center, will travel to the city, arriving Sunday with about 300 sailors and 100 Marines on board.

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