Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has been named a grand marshal in the 93rd Annual New York City Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, the largest of its kind in the nation.
"Mayor Koch was a GI Joe, serving in the infantry in Europe. We also honor him for his service to Vietnam Veterans during his term as Mayor," said United War Veterans Council President Vincent McGowan.
"He helped organize New York City's Welcome Home Parade for these veterans and supported the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza on Water Street," McGowan added.
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In addition to Koch, the veterans council also announced four other grand marshals for the event. They are Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt; U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran Fang Wong, the first Asian-American to serve as national commander of the American Legion; and Charles Battaglia of the Wounded Warrior Project, who received a Bronze Star for his service with the Navy in Vietnam.
"We are honored that these outstanding leaders have once again answered the call to service," said McGowan. "They represent all that is best in the men and women who serve our nation."
The parade, beginning with a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at Madison Square Park, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and is dedicated to those who served in that conflict. The Coast Guard will be featured military branch at this year's event.
More than 20,000 veterans and civilians are expected to participate.
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