History

America’s Parade, produced by the United War Veterans Council, is our nation’s largest celebration of our veterans.

The Parade carries on the traditions of the New York City Veterans Day Parade,
which in turn traces its roots back to earlier parades organized by veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

The tradition of celebrating our veterans on November 11 began in 1919, with Armistice Day celebrations marking the end of World War One.

Following World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a national observance honoring veterans of all eras.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Parade and other events honoring service experienced a severe decline in public support, due in large part to the fallout from the controversial war in Vietnam.

In response, a group of Vietnam Veterans relaunched the United War Veterans Council to rescue the Parade.

Over the years, the UWVC restored the Parade to its rightful prominence in the community, and set it on a path to growth and sustainability.

In recent years, a new generation of veterans has stepped forward to take stewardship of the Parade.

These Post-9/11 veterans are working together with veterans of past eras, civilian volunteers, government agencies and corporate partners, to make sure that the Parade continues to set the standard for honoring service for years to come.

Today, the Parade is approaching its 100th Anniversary. It has evolved from a traditional march of local veterans, to a major public event with participating groups from across America,a live television broadcast, internet stream, and new initiatives in social media and mobile technologies

The Parade has truly grown from a New York City institution to America’s Parade!