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2018 Veterans Day Parade in New York City

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New York City hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade, the largest celebration of service in the nation, on Nov. 11. “America’s Parade” featured more than 20,000 participants, with 300 marching bands, floats, veterans’ groups and military units.

At 11 a.m. — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — a solemn hush fell over Manhattan’s Madison Square Park as veterans laid wreaths under the Eternal Light Flagstaff to honor the fallen. Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg (U.S. Army, Afghanistan) was this year’s grand marshal.

This year’s parade commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I in 1918. The Army was this year’s featured military branch. As always, the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard were also represented in a national network of events working toward the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day in 2019. (Yahoo News)

Photography by Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News

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A woman holds flags for the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A veteran smiles, waving a flag, on board a float moving up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A woman wears buttons of loved ones who served in the armed forces during the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Personnel from the United States Army march up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Honorary grand marshal and Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg with his girlfriend, Carsen, ride in a convertible during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Service dogs take a break while marching alongside veterans during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Volunteers hold up an American flag draped across Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marches in the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Wreaths honoring veterans are displayed around Madison Square Park in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


NYPD officers smile during a break while marching during the Veterans Day parade up Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A child shows her spirit, decked out in red, white and blue, as she waves a flag during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Historical reenactors dressed a soldiers from World War I march during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Historical reenactors carry flags from France and the United States during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A child iis held up as she holds a U.S. flag during the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


The U.S. Marines march up Fifth Ave. in the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A child watches as military personnel march during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. (Gordon Donovan)


The FDNY Emerald Society Pipe and Drums perform during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Spectators wave flags of the United States as military veterans march during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Historical reenactors pose for a recreation of the 1945 V-J Day photograph in Times Square (also known as “The Kiss”) by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point marches during the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Personnel from the United States Naval Weapons Station Earle from Colts Neck, N.J., thank spectators for attending the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Participants wave flags as they ride on a float up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A U.S. Army contingent marches up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Vietnam Veterans of America from Staten Island march during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A service dog from Therapy Dogs stops for a photo while marching during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A veteran carries a flag on his uniform during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Personnel from the United States Naval Weapons Station Earle from Colts Neck, N.J., march up Fifth Ave. during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A twirler from Maryville High School in Missouri performs during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A performer dressed as the Statue of Liberty waves during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A child smiles while waving a flag on board a float moving up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Members of the Marching Spoofhounds of Maryville High School in Missouri perform during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Participants wave flags as they ride on a float up Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


The Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions High School Marching Band from Gahanna, Ohio, performs during the Veterans Day parade up Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Members of the United States Marines thank spectators for their support during the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


A member of the United States Naval Weapons Station Earle from Colts Neck, N.J., runs to high-five spectators for attending the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Spectators wave flags as vets march during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)