Photo Credit: Photo by Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg, HQ, 42nd Infantry Division.
NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Sgt. Patrick Kaley, left, from Yorktown, N.Y. and Sgt. Ryan Diskin from Carmel, N.Y. parade up Fifth Avenue past Saint Patrick's Cathedral during the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry honor guard duties of the New York City Parade March 17. The Soldiers were honored as the battalion NCO and Soldier of the Year, respectively, and traditionally march with the regimental mascots, Irish Wolfhounds for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration. The wolfhound is part of the regimental crest and unit motto, "gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked." The 69th Infantry has led the NYC parade, the world's largest celebration for Saint Patrick's Day, for the past 159 years.