Five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients marched in New York City's annual Veterans Day Parade.
They include Marine Corps veteran Dakota Meyer and 94-year-old Nicholas Oresko, the nation's oldest living honoree.
As the country honors the brave men and women who have answered our nation's call to duty on Veterans Day, November 11, more than 25,000 people, including 27 active military units from all branches, six Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups, and high school bands from around the nation, marched in this year's New York City Veterans Day Parade, the largest in the nation. The annual event, presented by the United War Veterans Council, began at 10 a.m. with a memorial ceremony in Madison Square Park at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. Followed speeches by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the parade steps off at 11:11 a.m. and proceeds north on Fifth Avenue to 56th Street.
Among the honorary participants in the parade are U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the nation's most recent Medal of Honor recipient, and Nicholas Oresko, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. They join four Vietnam veteran Medal of Honor recipients—Paul W. Bucha, Bruce P. Crandall, Alfred Rascon and Brian Thacker.