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NEW YORK - Thousands of service members and veterans of every conflict since World War II marched up Fifth Avenue as New York celebrated Veterans Day on Friday.

At a ceremony before the parade kicked off, CIA Director David Petraeus called the men and women currently serving overseas "the new greatest generation."

"In crushing heat and numbing cold, from the Iraqi desert to the peaks of the Hindu Kush, they have shown valor, creativity, initiative and resolve," said Petraeus, the retired four-star general who became CIA director in September.

Hundreds of veterans and their family members filled Manhattan's Madison Square Park for the ceremony, which ended with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

Nicholas Oresko, at 94 the oldest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. posed for photos before riding a float with members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American aviators who served in World War II.

John Casey, 64, who served in Vietnam and retired as an Army command sergeant major, said veterans need resources, jobs and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

"War is terrible," he said.

But Casey was cheered by the large turnout for the ceremony and the parade.

"At least now people aren't spitting on the veterans," he said.

One of the themes of yesterday's Veterans Day parade in New York City related to the "Horse Soldiers" who were the first U.S. armed forces on the ground in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

Horse Soldiers of 9/11

Below is a vid clip of war reporter Alex Quade's documentary short about those soldiers, their bravery, and the monument created in their honor. The statue itself was a part of the New York City parade on Friday; it was escorted to Ground Zero where it was permanently installed.

Note: The Green Beret Foundation is helping subsidize the creation and transportation of this remarkable monument to America’s uniformed heroes. To make a tax-deductible contribution, click HERE.

The Green Beret Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 foundation that provides financial resources, immediate need supplies, caregiver assistance, and educational scholarships to wounded or ill Army Special Forces warriors and their families.




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