There will be a new day, a new route and a new tribute this year for the 93rd annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown.
The parade, which traditionally has been held on Nov. 11, the Veterans Day holiday, will be held a day early, on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Moreover, the parade will have a new route -- beginning at Liberty Avenue and Grant Street, near the Greyhound bus terminal, proceeding down Liberty, turning left onto Stanwix Street and right onto the Boulevard of the Allies, where the reviewing stand will be located.
The parade also is being dedicated as a tribute to post-9/11 veterans and their families, said state Auditor General Jack Wagner, a Vietnam veteran who is assisting in parade planning.
Mr. Wagner was joined at a news conference announcing the changes to the parade by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Anthony Filardi, adjutant/treasurer of the Federation of War Veterans Society, which sponsors the parade.
Two Iraq war veterans -- Matt Mahoney and Sam McArthur -- also attended and echoed the comments of the officials in saying how important it will be to veterans and their families to have a large turnout for the event.
The parade, one of the largest in the nation, will feature nearly two dozen Western Pennsylvania high school marching bands, local military units and other civic organizations.