Veterans Day walk will celebrate centennial of end to World War I

On Sunday, November 4, StuyTown Property Services held a now annual event in which residents were invited to plant flags in the Oval lawn to commemorate Veterans Day. Once placed, the flags formed the words “Thank you.” Participants also listened to live music and enjoyed hot chocolate. Those who missed the flag installations can still attend a brief ceremony on Sunday, November 11 from 9-9:15 a.m. All residents are invite to gather at the Oval Fountain for a flag-raising and musical tribute of Taps for veterans and their families. (Photo by Hermann Reiner)

This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) will host a free walking tour to explore this historic moment. The tour will be led by historian, author, and professional tour guide Miriam Berman, and meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Flatiron building.

Flatiron’s Madison Square has been the site of New York City’s annual Veterans Day memorial ceremony and parade since its inception, the largest such observance in the country. The ceremony takes place at the Eternal Light Memorial Flagpole with remarks from city officials after which the parade commences.

Originally established as Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 marked the end of World War I combat on land, sea and air.

“Madison Square Park and its environs as we know it today continues to be a most appropriate setting for military pageantry,” Berman says. “Originally part of a vast Parade Ground laid out in 1807 for the practice of military maneuvers for the War of 1812, this area was later reduced in size to the park’s present borders, and would come to honor some of our most prestigious military heroes, among them General William Jenkins Worth in 1857; Worth’s obelisk and burial site are between Fifth and Broadway and 24th and 25th Streets.”

To mark the centennial year of the end of WWI, a new entrance to the park will be opened at 24th Street to access a small plaza for the Eternal Light Memorial Monument.

Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards, will lead this 90-minute tour, which meets on Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. rain or shine. The Flatiron Building is located at 23rd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway. No advance registration is required.

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