Today is Veterans Day, which means government offices and courts are closed, as well as NYC public schools. There's no regular mail delivery or garbage pickup; additionally alternate side of the street parking regulations are suspended today.

The Veterans Day Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at 26th Street, and heads up to 52nd Street. The opening ceremony, attended by public officials like Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is at 10 a.m. at the Eternal Light Monument at Madison Square Park (24th Street and Fifth Avenue). The NY Times says "organizers expect hundreds of thousands [of spectators] to line Fifth Avenue as 37,000 soldiers and other marchers make their way from 26th Street to 56th Street."

Governor Cuomo issued this statement today, "Throughout our state's history, New Yorkers have always answered the call of service and today we honor the more than 900,000 veterans who call New York home. From defending our nation abroad, to protecting our citizens here at home, the men and women of the armed services are America's heroes. On this and every Veterans Day we pause to salute their sacrifice and courage. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sincerest thanks to our veterans, their families, and the service members who are deployed and in units preparing to deploy from New York in the upcoming year. Their selfless service has earned our deepest gratitude."