Thousands expected to attend Veteran’s Day Parade

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NEW YORK (AP) – This year’s Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue features a float with rapper Ice-T, plus six military dogs and their handlers.

All 13 have served in the U.S. armed forces.

On Tuesday morning, they’ll join more than 20,000 participants moving up the avenue from Madison Square Park to 52nd Street. It’s the first time dogs appear in the annual parade.

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The float with Ice-T is funded by philanthropist Lois Pope, who works with several organizations that help reunite veteran dogs and the soldiers with whom they served.

Ice-T joined the Army in 1979, for four years. In recent years, he’s played a detective in the TV series “Law and Order.”

This year’s grand marshal is New York’s former police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, who served in the Marines.

The annual Veteran’s Day Parade, the largest in the country will honor the bicentennial of the United States National Anthem Tuesday.

Veteran’s Day also comes at a premium to members from the armed forces. 2014 Veteran’s Day Guide has discounts, free meals, deal and sales veterans should know about.

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