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Buzz Aldrin joins New York City Veterans Day parade

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NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. Air Force's highest-ranking woman are joining Mayor Bill de Blasio and others at the city's Veterans Day parade.

The Democratic De Blasio said he was "totally star-struck" when he met the 87-year-old Aldrin on Saturday. Aldrin served in the U.S. Air Force and was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface in 1969. Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski also attended the ceremony.

De Blasio says the U.S. must do more than just pay tribute to veterans; there should be better access to mental health and medical care, and more job opportunities for those who served.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. up Fifth Avenue.

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