This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the NYC Veterans Day Parade, which first began back in 1919. Veterans Day was originally known as "Armistice Day." The day was first created to honor surviving Veterans of World War I. The name was eventually changed to "Veterans Day" in the 1950's, after the conflicts of World War II & the Korean War created a whole new generation of Veterans. The parade now also includes Veterans from the Vietnam War and the conflicts in the Middle East.
The annual parade in NYC is the largest Veterans Day Parade in the entire country. The parade this year kicks off on Monday, November 11th at noon. The parade route will run north up Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 48th Street.
The parade is run by a non-profit called the United War Veterans Council. Each year the parade takes a massive amount of planning and cooperation between state, local, and national officials. Each year the NYC Veterans Day Parade features Veterans groups, non-profits, military units, youth and civic groups, top high school bands from across America, vintage military vehicles, floats and more.
The United War Veterans Council is looking for more volunteers for the parade. If you are interested in volunteering for the parade this year, please go their website for information here. See flyer below for event details.
Francis S. Currey, a Medal of Honor recipient and WWII solider from Upstate New York, passed away earlier this week at the age of 94. His passing was announced in a Facebook post on October 8th by his American Legion post, the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 near Albany. Curray had been a longtime member of the post. He passed away at his home in Selkirk, New York on Tuesday.
Currey was born in a town called Loch Sheldrake in upstate New York back in 1925. According to Wikipedia, he joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 years old and eventually became a technical sergeant. Curray served during WWII, where he earned a Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at the Battle of the Bulge. After he left the service, Curray worked as a counselor at the VA Medical Center in Albany, New York from 1950-1980. After he retired from the VA he started a landscaping business.
Veterans of New York salutes this true American hero
Truly the Greatest Generation
Our prayers go out to Currey's family and his local community
There's a free bowling night for Veterans in NYC on Monday, October 21th. The event is being hosted at Lucky Strike on W. 42nd Street by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. There are limited spots available so make sure to sign up ASAP if you would like to attend.
Register online here
See the flyer below for event details.
Hello Community,If you are interested in participating in the Bronx Veterans Day Parade November 2nd, 2019: Register online to March/Walk/Ride, Volunteer, and/or Table before 11:59 pm Oct 11th at www.eventbrite.com/e/bronx-veterans-day-parade-registration-69683901425
YOU ARE WORTHY! YOU ARE LOVED! Remember Motivation, Encouragement, Support, Empowerment, Team Work, Growth, Dedication, Unity, Honor, Service.
Oktoberfest came to NYC on Saturday, September 29th at the VFW in Astoria. The Women Marines Association - NY Chapter hosted an Oktoberfest fundraising event that featured great food, beer, and prizes. It was a fun time, with members of Veterans of New York and Marines of New York also there to show support for the Women Marines Association fundraiser. The event was open to the public and Veterans from multiple generations were in attendance. Food including German sausages and pretzels was served. Prizes including Mets and Yankees memorabilia were given away in a raffle at the end of the event. Checkout the photos from the event below.
Veterans of New York hosted a going away party on Wednesday, September 18th for USMC Veteran Justin Constantine and his wife Dahlia. They will be moving to Europe next month after calling New York City home for the past four years. Justin, originally from Virginia, is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps who was injured in Iraq. He has been a great advocate for Veterans here in New York. We wish Justin and Dahlia best of luck on their next chapter in life. Thanks to all the Veterans and supporters who joined us at the event to wish them farewell!
Below are a couple photos from the event. Justin also took time to do a short video about Veterans related issues which you can view below.
Richard Best, a NYC native and Army Veteran, was honored recently in NYC along side his brothers who served in the Vietnam war. Richard is a member of Veterans of New York and also started a Veterans organization called the We Belong Network. The event honoring the service of Vietnam Veterans was held on Tuesday, September 3rd at the Union League Club in midtown Manhattan. It was an excellent event with great people and great food. The event was headlined by guest speaker retired General David Petraeus. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, age 97, also made a surprise appearance. Here are some memorable photos of the event below.
Thanks to all the Veterans who joined us at Citi Field on Tuesday, September 10th! The weather was excellent and the Mets won! Big thanks to our sponsor Seth Feinman from Silver Fin Capital for sponsoring us at Citi Field. Below are a couple of photos from the game Tuesday.