After a year off to cope with the coronavirus epidemic, a patriotic procession in New York City will roll once more as part of the nation’s longest-running Veterans Day celebration on Thursday. Because of COVID-19 safety procedures and restrictions, the National Veterans Day Parade will be reduced to an online-only event in 2020.
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Military units, ROTC groups, floats, veterans organizations, high school bands, and a bevy of waving flags will be among the participants and spectators in the parade, which will occur as usual through downtown Birmingham.
The march’s organizer, the National Veterans Day Organization, plans to keep it as traditional as possible, according to Mark Ryan, president of the foundation. At least a hundred organizations have signed up to participate in this year’s march, which is a decrease of around 20 from previous years.
At the time of the procession’s planned to start, rain is expected to intensify. There are tens of thousands of people expected for the event, according to Ryan.
According to the organization’s general manager, they aim to show veterans how essential they are to the organization as a whole and as an individual. According to Ryan, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grimston, a native of Alabama who is now serving in the United Kingdom, will be the grand marshal.
It is not just Birmingham that can lay claim to being the oldest city in America when commemorating Veterans Day. After World War I ended in 1918, Leavenworth County, Kansas, began its annual celebrations.
This was roughly 30 years before Birmingham’s first music festival was held. A Veterans Day event originally staged in Emporia, Kansas, in 1953 has been recognized as the city’s claim to fame.
“National Veterans Day” was held in Birmingham in 1947, when World War II veteran Raymond Weeks organized the event. Armistice Day was abolished in the United States in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to change it to Veterans Day.
A new this year, says Ryan, the march included live video performances and salutes as well as archival footage from previous parades. After almost canceling last year’s rally over health concerns, organizers decided to have a virtual event instead, which was aired live online and seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
Some of them with “better minds than mine” had come together to persuade Ryan that we really did need one. Military troops participating in the reaction to COVID-19 were recognized at an awards dinner held on Wednesday night.
More Americans have died as a result of COVID-19 than in the two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the two Gulf Wars, and the worldwide war on terror that followed the September 11th attacks combined, which totals 673,687 U.S. military members who died in combat or other causes.
When it came to fighting the COVID-19 virus, service workers did everything from cleaning nursing homes to setting up testing stations and providing immunizations. Ryan added that they’re honoring every one of them.