Female veterans and women in the military will be the focus of the 2013 New York City Veterans Day Parade, also known as “America’s Parade,” when the celebration of the nation’s veterans kicks off around 11 a.m. Monday in Manhattan.
The parade begins at 11:10 a.m. and goes up Fifth Avenue, from 26th Street to 52nd Street. Here is a map of the parade route:
The parade will be broadcast on Fox stations across the country, but in case you won’t have access to a television, you can view a live stream of America’s Parade here. It will be the largest Veterans Day parade in the country.
About 20,000 people are expected to march in the parade, representing 200 groups, including veterans, bands and youth groups, according to the New York Daily News.
While the parade honors all veterans, America’s Parade this year is giving a nod to women who've served their country. Retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general, will be the grand marshal of the 2013 New York Veterans Day Parade.
“Patriotic women are in roles which were, in the past, restricted to men,” Pat Gualtieri, executive director of the United War Veterans Council, told the Daily News. Gualtieri’s group is the organizer of Monday’s parade. “Women now are in the infantry, fighter pilots and performing admirably on posts our past veterans would not have conceived.”