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Nation’s largest commemoration honors those who served

It’s one of many biggest methods to say because of our veterans — honoring them with a parade within the nation’s largest commemoration of service. 

There will possible be 20,000 contributors from throughout America, representing each service department of the navy. 

“I am still waking up in the morning pinching myself, wanting to know when is the dream going to end,” this year’s grand marshal, Vincent Patton III, advised CBS2. 

Patton was the primary Black American to function grasp chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, the best enlisted position for that department of the navy. 

Coincidentally, he has ties to CBS2’s Cindy Hsu

“My dad was a Coast Guard pilot, served for 30 years, as well,” Hsu advised Patton. 

“I know him,” Patton replied. “We served at headquarters together.”

The three-hour parade begins at 12:30 p.m., stepping off at twenty sixth Street and Fifth Avenue, marching as much as forty fifth Street, which suggests there will likely be loads of roads blocked off. 

We at CBS2 have been honoring our veterans all week for his or her sacrifice and repair. We had been there to have fun the United States Marine Corps 247th birthday and the boys and lady who are part of it, retired and lively. 

“These proud sailors and Marines serve our nation, and we have a responsibility to support them,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro mentioned. 

On Long Island, we had been there when Nassau County officers hosted a salute to some heroes who do not at all times get the popularity they deserve — ladies veterans. 

“It takes a certain bravery to join the armed forces, and it takes a lot of bravery to join when you’re a woman,” mentioned Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly.

We had been additionally there when many paid tribute to World War II veterans and the long-lasting Sherman tanks that helped win the warfare. Those tanks are actually 80 years previous, and the veterans that rode them to victory are of their late 90s. 

“It brings back a lot of memories. I spent day and night,” 96-year-old veteran Jim Adreadis mentioned as he remembered barreling by way of Germany. “It was tough for an 18-year-old, and I don’t know how I survived.”

The grand marshal mentioned relating to at the moment’s rain, it will be OK. Since the Coast Guard is the service being featured this year, they’re used to being moist and would not have it every other means. 

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