Marine Corps Cmdr. Gen. David Berger will lead a group of Marines down New York City’s Fifth Avenue for the 100th Veterans Day parade in the Big Apple on Nov. 11 as an honorary Grand Marshal.
According to a Monday press release, the parade will also include units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
A press release from the United War Veterans Council said that five official grand marshals will “represent every generation of American warrior from World War II through current post 9/11 service.”
The five official grand marshals will include three recipients of the Medal of Honor: the last surviving World War II Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams was a corporal with 1st Battalion, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division, on Iwo Jima in 1945. When U.S. tanks were maneuvering through “reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands” he “daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions.”
Veteran Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, who was said to be in declining health in September, will also be in the parade. He was the son of Japanese immigrants and for his actions in the Korean War, he received the Medal of Honor.
On the night of April 24, 1951, Miyamura’s company was under heavy attack and he jumped from his shelter wielding a bayonet and killed 10 of the enemy in hand-to-hand combat, the Army Times previously reported.
Retired Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) from the Vietnam War, who was the first Navy SEAL to receive the Medal of Honor.
The three recipients of the Medal of Honor will be honored alongside two Marines: Corps veteran Eddie Ray, who received the Navy Cross for “decisive leadership” and bravery during the Gulf War when an Iraqi mechanized division invaded the 1st Marine Division in Kuwait. And marine veteran Zachary Iscol, who went to Iraq twice and took part in Fallujah’s second battle.
The United War Veterans Council, which produces the parade each year, said it would have about 300 marching units composed of active duty and veteran participants from each branch of the military.
More than 25,000 people will take part in the Nov. 11 march through the largest city of the nation, bringing together representatives from nearly 30 states.
“On November 11, we come together as one people to honor and thank our veterans, people like General David Berger who has served this nation for 38 years,” said United War Veterans Council Chairman Douglas McGowan.