It’s Veterans Day and there are plenty of ways to commemorate the men and women who have fought so bravely for our country. Here are five events happening in New York City. By Carly Petrone.
Dreams of the Fallen
881 7th Ave.
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Orchestra (PACS) will honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with a large gala concert at Carnegie Hall on November 19. Award-winning composer Jake Runestad and poet and U.S. Army veteran Brian Turner will debut their new work called “Dreams of the Fallen,” which probes the way veterans are forever changed by their experiences of war. The evening will also conclude with Beethoven’s testament to universal brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9. Tickets range from $18-$250 and can be bought here. Concert begins at 8 p.m.
IAVA’s Heroes Gala
110 E. 42nd St.
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Attend the 10th Annual IAVA’s Heroes Gala at Cipriani and show your support for post-9/11 veterans on November 10. This elegant event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7:30. This festive and inspiring evening will celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps, while highlighting the strength and power of the military community. Buying a ticket to this annual fundraiser means you’re supporting the 2.8 million men and women who have so bravely fought for this country. Donate to the variety of programs that IAVA promotes, including mental health, advocacy, one-on-one support, career empowerment, and much more. Individual tickets are $1,250. For sponsor-level tickets, please contact IAVA here.
Fifth Avenue between 26th and 52nd Sts.
Come be a part of the country’s largest celebration of service on November 11th. The United War Veterans Council will honor our nation’s heroes during the annual America’s Parade, which proudly goes down Fifth Avenue from 26th St. to 52nd St. Come early to attend the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at Madison Square Park, where a wreath will be laid at the Eternal Light Monument. This year’s the parade will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, with special recognition of our Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Post-9/11 veterans, as well as our First Responders. It will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Desert Storm. More than 250 group and 20,000 participants (including veterans of all eras, military units, civ and youth group, businesses, and top high school marching bands from across America) will proudly walk down the parade route. Floats, military and vintage vehicles, and the three grand marshalls (Nelson Vergara, Joseph Duggan Jr., and Stephanie Dawson) will also be on site to make this commemorative event even more exciting. Learn more here.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will pay tribute to our country’s veterans during a special 5-day Salute to Service from November 9 – November 13. There will be a a series of events and special programming, including live talks, musical performances, wreath laying, and family appreciation days. Veterans will also receive free museum admission, as well as half-price museum tickets for up to two family members during the tribute. Those who are also participating in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade can also pick up free admission tickets at the designated ticket window.
W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
Come to the Intrepid Museum for the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on November 11. Pay tribute to service members past and present, including former crew members of Intrepid. The ceremony, which takes place along Pier 86, will include special remarks and the laying of a wreath on the Hudson River. Stop by again for Intrepid After Hours on Monday, November 14 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Veterans and service members are invited to experience the Museum without the crowds to get a close look at the artifacts and exhibits on display. You can also join in on conversation, a creative exercise, and a catered dinner. The event is free, but registration is required. Learn more here.