WASHINGTON — A day after Veterans Day, celebrations are just beginning for some service men and women who weren’t able to get out and enjoy the holiday.

On Thursday, disabled vets at D.C.’s VA Medical Center got to experience what it was like for the 27,000 veterans who marched in the heart of Manhattan for New York City Veterans Day Parade using an innovative technology from Google.

It’s all possible thanks to Google’s 360 video recorder technology, which was following the New York parade route.

“It actually has about six cameras arranged in a cube and it shoots in all the different directions and automatically stitches all of the footage together to create a sphere,” says Erika Johansson with Google.org

When someone uses the Google cardboard viewer, pictured above, they can look up, down, side-to-side and experience the parade as if they were there.

“You can literally turn around 360 degrees and see everybody that was at the parade,” Veteran DeAndre Whitaker says. “It’s almost like an out of body experience. It’s like you’re in the VA, you’re in D.C., but when you look in there you’re in NYC.”

The cardboard viewer is an easy to assemble box with two lenses on the viewer side, explained Johansson.

“We wanted to make sure that veterans could experience the parade in as many different vantage points as possible,” Johansson says.

Veterans in 12 cities were given the viewers.

You can watch the parade in the video above.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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