New York City saluted its veterans Sunday with an annual parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and members of the the U.S. Coast Guard were given particular distinction.
Visitors along the route said it is vital to honor our military members, especially those helping the city recover from Sandy.
The parade also marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Former Mayor Ed Koch served as the grand marshal.
The federal holiday falls on Monday, meaning that is when post offices and all federal, state and city buildings will be closed.
City public schools will not hold class.
The Department of Sanitation will still collect garbage and recycling.
Alternate-side parking rules are suspended on Monday and Tuesday, but drivers will still have to feed the meters.
Banks have the option to close, but stocks are still trading.