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People in the tri-state area and across the nation are showing their respect for those who served on Veterans Day. One of the highlights of the celebrations is the Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. The USS New York, a symbol of freedom and peace, is docked in its second home, New York Harbor.

The ship holds a special significance for Chief Machinist Mate Jared Alessie of the US Navy, as it is his final assignment before retiring after 24 years of service. Being in New York City on Veterans Day weekend and onboard a ship named in honor of the lives lost on 9/11 is a testament to why he dedicated over three decades of his life to serving his country. Alessie and hundreds of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard members are in town to pay tribute to and remember the heroes who fought for our freedom. As preparations for tomorrow’s 104th New York City Veterans Day Parade take place on Fifth Avenue, NYPD officers are lining up the barricades. Around 20,000 veterans and active service members will march up the avenue, an experience they eagerly anticipate.

This is the one day of the year when everyone takes a moment to pause and express gratitude. On the USS New York, there are numerous plaques and memorials dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11, including a steel plate recovered from the World Trade Center. The ship’s bow is made of steel salvaged from the site, carrying the fight against terrorism wherever it goes. While this weekend is emotionally charged, it is also a time for celebrating our heroes. The NYPD assures heightened security for tomorrow’s parade, even though there are no credible threats.

Due to the ongoing Middle East conflict, authorities remain on high alert. The parade will commence at 9:30 tomorrow morning from Madison Square Park, proceeding up Fifth Avenue and concluding at 45th Street. On Sunday, the USS New York will be open for tours, presenting a unique opportunity to witness this historic vessel in person.

Good morning from Midtown, Richard Chov, Fox 5 News..

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