Our History

The United War Veterans Council traces its lineage back to groups founded by veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898). These groups continued activities and traditions established by veterans of the Revolution and the War of 1812.

The modern UWVC was revived in 1985 by a group of Vietnam veterans, initially for the purposes of salvaging the New York City Veterans Day Parade, which was on the verge of extinction. Today, that Parade has grown into the largest Veterans Day event in the nation, drawing tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Going forward, the UWVC is being led by our latest generation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Post-9/11 veterans. We are building on past successes by focusing our efforts on our events and services. Our goal is to ensure that the UWVC will continue to honor, support and serve veterans for years to come.