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To honor those who served, New York City hosts an annual parade on Veterans Day. And President Donald Trump will be at the helm this year.

On Monday, Trump, a New York native, will be the first known president to attend New York City’s Veterans Day parade, according to the United War Veterans Council (UWVC). The largest commemoration service in America, the parade is marking its centennial and Trump will address attendees during the opening ceremony.

“This is a day when we put politics aside to focus on honoring our veterans and to recommit ourselves as a community to providing them with the services they have earned, the services they deserve and, for many, the services they were denied,” UWVC Chairman Douglas McGowan said in a statement.

The opening ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST in Madison Square Park, according to UWVC, and be followed by a parade of more than 25,000 participants. From Madison Square Park, located on 24th Street and Fifth Avenue, the parade will head north on Fifth Avenue until it reaches 46th Street. The parade is scheduled to start at noon and is expected to conclude around 3:30 p.m.

Limited seating is available at the opening ceremony and preference is given to people who are disabled and elderly veterans. Those who can’t make it to the opening ceremony or to the parade route in person can view the proceedings in a number of ways.

People who live within the New York City area can watch the parade on WABC. Anyone who doesn’t have a cable subscription or can’t access WABC because they’re outside the tri-state area can watch the parade online on the UWVC’s website here.

To ensure the safety of everyone involved in the parade, including spectators, and the subsequent festival, the New York City Police Department will shut down a number of roads along the route. Roads will be closed from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to the New York Department of Transportation and include:

  • Broadway Avenue between Fifth Avenue and 28th Street
  • Fifth Avenue between Broadway and 24th Street
  • 24th Street between Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 26th Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue
  • 27th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 28th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue between 24th Street and 46th Street
  • 46th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 46th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue

Veterans Day was initially called Armistice Day and intended to celebrate an end to the fighting of World War I, which occurred between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers, on November 11, 1918. After World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day. Instead of just celebrating the end of World War I and honoring the service members who fought in it, the day now serves as a way to show appreciation for all Americans who served their country.



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9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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