The 2017 Veterans Day Parade in New York City (Photo: Lev Radin)
While there is no way to completely thank our military members for their service, The New York City Veterans Day Parade honors those who have selflessly served their country and put their lives on the line for peace and prosperity. This year Astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined thousands to mark the 99th Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
Aldrin and the U.S. Air Force’s highest-ranking woman, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, joined Mayor Bill de Blasio for the parade. De Blasio said he was “totally star-struck” when he met the 87-year-old Aldrin who served in the U.S. Air Force and was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface in 1969.
“It’s beautiful, so many people,” legendary Buzz Aldrin said.
A veteran of the Korean War, Aldrin is a Montclair, New Jersey native and served as Grand Marshal, riding in a convertible and waving to the crowds.
“We are so proud to be a city where over 200,000 veterans live, veterans who have answered the call of duty and have traveled to the ends of the globe to protect liberty at home and abroad,” Mayor de Blasio said.