Veterans Day takes place on Nov. 11 this year. If you know someone who has served or is serving in the armed forces, now is the time to thank them. Even if you don’t know someone, every man and woman who serves our country serves each one of us, and for that we are eternally grateful. Celebrate the United States of America and thank a veteran by attending some of the events below.
Fifth Avenue, 26th St. to 52nd St.
New York, NY
Date: Nov. 11, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
The annual Veterans Day parade is the largest celebration of veterans in the entire United States. Marching down Fifth Avenue for about four hours, veterans of all eras and over 250 groups will be showing their support for our troops. This year’s parade will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of Desert Shield. The United States Navy is this year’s featured military branch, but the Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard will also be represented. March in the parade or cheer veterans on from the stands.
Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
12th Ave. and 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Date: Nov. 11, 2015 at 3 p.m.
One of the best ways to celebrate and learn more about our history is by visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, located on Pier 86 on the West Side. A fantastic museum for both kids and adults, here you’ll get the opportunity to wander through the aircraft carrier Intrepid, the submarine Growler and see some great aircraft. The ceremony celebrates all veterans and is free and open to the public. Other events will take place at the museum afterward, including tour guide talks with stories from Pearl Harbor and Vietnam, among others. Free admission for all active and retired U.S. military is offered as well.
Cypress Hill National Cemetery Walking Tour
Cypress Hills National Cemetery
625 Jamaica Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Date: Nov. 11, 2015 at 12 p.m. noon
Cypress Hills got its start as one of the first cemeteries that opened during the Civil War in 1862. Now the final resting spot for 21,000 veterans, the cemetery is a perfect place to remember and honor those who gave their lives for our country. Licensed New York City sightseeing guide Kevin Fitzpatrick will lead a Veterans Day tour of the cemetery, stopping at the graves of 24 Medal of Honor winners, soldiers and dependents from more than 200 years of American history. The tour is free for past and present members of the armed forces with a $10 suggested donation for everyone else.
Salute To Service
National September 11 Museum & Memorial
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007
Date: Nov. 7-11, 2015
The National September 11 Museum and Memorial is a place to remember those lost in the terror attacks of 1993 and 2001. But during Veterans Week, all of those who lost their lives for our country will be remembered there. A special five-day Salute to Service will take place at the memorial and museum, with special events and programs happening every day. Veterans, their families and the general public are welcome to attend. All veterans will receive free admission to the museum.
Stand Up for Heroes
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Date: Nov. 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Once again, the Bob Woodruff Foundation will host the 9th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, which will feature some fantastic performances all in the name of our veterans. The Bob Woodruff Foundation makes it their mission to help heroes on the homefront to succeed in life. This year, performances — both comedic and musical — include Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart. With such a fantastic lineup of stars, how can you not join in the fun and support America’s protectors?
Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.