The United War Veterans Council has organized a series of socially distant and responsible live components as well as an expanded slate of virtual activities for this year's Veterans Day celebration. The centerpiece of the commemoration is the New York City Veterans Day Salute, a live television broadcast on WABC, which is also being streamed online with Military.com.
The program will feature stories and entertainment from the veteran community, and a special wreath laying ceremony from the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, NYC's iconic aircraft carrier museum. Scheduled guests and segments include:
- Grand Marshal Jared Lyon, President of Student Veterans of America
- Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha (U.S. Army, Vietnam)
- NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams (a U.S. Navy veteran)
- Footage from our dawn NYC Fifth Avenue Veterans Day Motorcade
- Salute to our WWI Veterans
- Country Artist and Army veteran Craig Morgan
- 2019 American Idol winner Laine Hardy
- Navy Band Northeast
- The West Point Band
- Behind the scenes look at the National World War I Memorial
In addition, viewers of the Salute are invited to download and print a special NYC Veterans Day BINGO Card, and to play along with their friends and family. The card can be downloaded at nycvetsday.org/bingo.
Every year, New York City's Veterans Day commemoration honors all eras of service and all service branches. This year's event marks a number of anniversaries, including the 75th of the end of World War II, the 70th of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield. The featured service branch is the United States Navy.
In a typical year, the NYC Veterans Day Parade is the largest of its kind in America, with tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of live and on-screen spectators in a typical year.