NEW YORK -- Veterans Day in New York City was celebrated in style -- Marine Corps style.
The city hosted Marines from around the country to take part in ceremonies, celebrations and performances. Veteran organizations from around New York and New Jersey proudly marched up Fifth Avenue in the annual Veterans Day Parade. Although Veterans Day is for all American vets it seemed like the Corps "cornered the market" from the Bronx to the Battery. It was an all out Marine blitz on the Big Apple and the city knew it. The city and the nation were entertained by the precision rifle moves of the Silent Drill Team on the Today Show. They then gave two more performances at Rockefeller Center. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Vice Chairman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff opened The New York Stock Exchange, which paused at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence to remember veterans from the revolutionary war to today. The "President's Own" The Marine Band gave a standing room only performance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Everywhere a Marine was in the city, he or she was thanked. Rounds of applause and praise were given to every rank from private to general. Old veterans asked and asked again where they could sign up for another hitch.
One special stop Gen. Pace made was at Ground Zero. He was escorted to the 10th floor of 2 World Financial Center where he and his wife over looked the hallowed ground.
As the entourage was leaving the general went back one more time to honor the fallen, injured and all the rescue and recovery workers with a moment of silence.
He then traveled up town to meet his son Capt Peter Pace to watch his Marines drill with perfect precision, wowing everyone in the crowd with fixed bayonets. Speeches were made, telling tales of battles won, friends lost and how they have kept America free for 227 years. It will be a day not long forgotten. Why? Because every year on November 11th all Americans take time to remember Veterans Day. If they do not, a vet usually reminds.
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