Veterans Day-Themed Historic Walking Tour & Art Exhibit Preview


This Veterans Day weekend on Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Flatiron Partnership will host a free walking tour to honor our national heroes. The tour will be led by historian, author, and professional tour guide Miriam Berman, and meet at 11:00 a.m. in front of the iconic Flatiron building.

The tour will begin with a stop inside a pop-up art exhibit honoring veterans at the base of the Flatiron Building.. Manhattan College has partnered with the EVAC Project (Experiencing Veterans & Artists Collaboration) to bring the story portraits of veterans from multiple generations and all branches of service to the Flatiron Building for public viewing. Experience the visual presentations and the descriptive narratives such as a World War II Marine who fought in Okinawa, a Gold Star Mother, and a Post 9/11 82nd Airborne veteran who served multiple tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joining these are 21 additional images and stories of those who have served our nation. The exhibit will open this Sunday, November 10 at 11:00 am and will run through the end of the year (closed on Tuesdays and holidays).

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 and includes a wreath-laying, taps and a 21-gun salute with remarks from city officials after which the parade commences and makes its way up Fifth Avenue.

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,” Ms. 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.”

Miriam 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 10 at 11:00 a.m. - rain or shine - in front of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street between 5th Ave and Broadway, at the tip of the prow. No advance registration is required.