News / USA

New York Honors Military on Veterans Day

New York City Department of Corrections officers who are also proud military veterans had their own patriotic float in Monday's Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. (VOA/A. Phillips)
New York City Department of Corrections officers who are also proud military veterans had their own patriotic float in Monday's Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. (VOA/A. Phillips)
Adam Phillips
Monday was Veterans Day in the United States. It’s a time to honor and celebrate all those in the military who have fought in America’s wars.  An estimated 25,000 people marched in the annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

The parade got off to a solemn start at a ceremony to honor fallen veterans. Afterward, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Webster, a 31-year veteran who last saw active duty in Iraq, said this national holiday is not only about the past.    

"For me Veterans Day is extremely important," he said. "But veterans not only those who have come and gone .. but also celebrates veterans who are alive today.”

Another vet was a machine gunner in the Korean conflict during the early 1950s, when he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star medal.  He feels lucky to have survived the horrors he saw.

“… and I am here today joining the parade.  It’s a blessing," he said.

Arnold Strauch, who fought during World War II, says that to be brave during war is also to know fear.

"All of us were at one time or another were pretty frightened of what we were doing," he said. "But fortunately, the people I was closest to made it through the war."

The parade was full of music and thunder, as bagpipers joined motorcycle clubs for vets along the route.

Vietnam-era veteran Frank Mulholland (right) and his buddy in the New York Chapter of 'Nam Knights, rode up Fifth Avenue in the Veteran's Day Parade to honor all veterans in America's many wars, Nov. 11, 2013. (VOA/A. Phillips)Vietnam-era veteran Frank Mulholland (right) and his buddy in the New York Chapter of 'Nam Knights, rode up Fifth Avenue in the Veteran's Day Parade to honor all veterans in America's many wars, Nov. 11, 2013. (VOA/A. Phillips)
x
Vietnam-era veteran Frank Mulholland (right) and his buddy in the New York Chapter of 'Nam Knights, rode up Fifth Avenue in the Veteran's Day Parade to honor all veterans in America's many wars, Nov. 11, 2013. (VOA/A. Phillips)
Vietnam-era veteran Frank Mulholland (right) and his buddy in the New York Chapter of 'Nam Knights, rode up Fifth Avenue in the Veteran's Day Parade to honor all veterans in America's many wars, Nov. 11, 2013. (VOA/A. Phillips)
Vietnam War veteran Frank Mulholland, a biker with the ‘Nam Knights, says he respects veterans of every era.

“It’s a bond. And my thing is, when I see another veteran I shake his hand and I pat him on the back and I welcome him home," he said. "He served his country.  And basically that’s what this is all about.”

Mort Gerard, who fought in Korea, feels an especially powerful bond with other Marines.

“We’re strangers yet we’re all brothers," he said. "Respect, honor and pride. Until the day we die.”  

Ms. Veteran America, Allaina Guitron, a 13-year active duty Army sergeant, rode a prominent float in NYC's Veterans Day parade as part of her job to help bring public awareness to the plight of America's 35,000 homeless female veterans. Photo: A. Phillips/VOAMs. Veteran America, Allaina Guitron, a 13-year active duty Army sergeant, rode a prominent float in NYC's Veterans Day parade as part of her job to help bring public awareness to the plight of America's 35,000 homeless female veterans. Photo: A. Phillips/VOA
x
Ms. Veteran America, Allaina Guitron, a 13-year active duty Army sergeant, rode a prominent float in NYC's Veterans Day parade as part of her job to help bring public awareness to the plight of America's 35,000 homeless female veterans. Photo: A. Phillips/VOA
Ms. Veteran America, Allaina Guitron, a 13-year active duty Army sergeant, rode a prominent float in NYC's Veterans Day parade as part of her job to help bring public awareness to the plight of America's 35,000 homeless female veterans. Photo: A. Phillips/VOA
This year’s parade focused especially on returning female veterans, 35,000 of whom are homeless at any one time, according to active duty Army Sergeant Allaina Guitron, who was crowned Ms. Veteran America to raise awareness about their suffering. 

“You have women coming back who are single mothers They either have PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], suffer from sexual trauma, or have disabilities or their military job doesn’t equate to civilian jobs," she said. "They have tough times getting back on their own. It’s kind of disheartening to know that they have served their country and they come back and there aren’t enough programs that benefit them and their children.”   

Onlooker Roberta William helps run a university program for returning veterans. She says giving back to those who have given America so much is deeply meaningful.  

“We love working for them. We teach them, we advise them, she said. "We support them in every way, and we honor them and we thank them every day for their service.”     

Thoughts for every American on this Veterans Day 2013.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
X
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid