NYC Hosts 94th Annual Veterans Day Parade

by Kelsey Schappell
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Kelsey Schappell, WFUV

Parade draws thousands as veterans, soldiers march alongside mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and other politicians.

Fifth Avenue in Manhattan wasn't lined with shoppers on Monday -- but rather with the country's bravest. 
 
As part of the annual Veterans Day Parade, American troops marched up Fifth Avenue with family and friends cheering on the sidelines. Brooklynite Barbara Savage, whose son served in the Marines, was one of them. 
 
"We come every year,” said Savage. "We're very patriotic. And we love this country, and we love what the troops are doing for us.”
 
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio took part in the wreath-laying ceremony prior to the parade. He told a story about his father losing a leg in World War II, which he said taught him a lot about the need to care for veterans. 
 
"We have to devote ourselves everyday to doing more for the men and women who have served and come back with such great need," de Blasio said. 
 
And for the first time in its 94 years, the parade's Grand Marshall was a woman -- General Ann Dunwoody. 
 
"Now, in the Army, we just don't say 'Thank you.' We just don't say 'Congratulations.' We say, 'Hoo-Ah!" Dunwoody hollered at the crowd. And in jubilant response, parade-goers shouted in unison, "One, two three, Hoo-Ah!"
 
The parade stretched from 26th Street up to 56th along Fifth Avenue.

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