NYC Veterans Day Parade marks 100 years since end of WWI

November 11, 2018 - 2:32 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Spectators lined Fifth Avenue under a cloudless blue sky for the Veterans Day Parade on Sunday.

Thousands paraded too, including active duty personnel and veterans from wars past.

Paul from Glendale, Queens, was wounded in Cambodia. He explained why he’s marching: “Honoring all my fellow veterans and what we stand for.”

Joe Perez served in Southeast Asia during Vietnam. He explained the importance of the holiday for vets in his generation.

“This day is special, especially for the Vietnam vets, because back then they weren’t recognized as much as they’re being recognized today,” Perez told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern.

President Trump and other world leaders gathered in France Sunday to mark exactly a century since the armistice that ended World War I, a global conflict killed more than 35 million people.

One veteran at the New York parade said he hoped future generations would learn from the violence of the past.

“It was supposed to be the war to end all wars,” he said of World War I. “But obviously it wasn’t. Let’s hope someday that there truly is no war.”