National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade

WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2013 National Memorial Day Parade will include country star Trace Adkins, wounded warrior and Dancing with the Stars winner JR Martinez, actors Gary Sinise & Joe Mantegna, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. The parade will take place Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

There will be a special tribute to military families, with Honorary Grand Marshals and U.S. Army veterans Robert Griffin, Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin, along with their son Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. There will also be representations from the military senior leadership with, among many others, the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy all set to attend.

The parade will hold a tribute to servicemembers from the American Revolution to the present day and a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II, 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. A salute to the legacy of the U.S. Army will take place along the U.S. Army Band playing "Perishing's Own."

"With the parade set against the backdrop of the National Mall, this is more than a parade, it is an event that brings out people from all walks of life to thank our troops for their service and honors the fallen. The parade serves three vital civic purposes: It allows the general public to honor our service members, teaches children the history of all of those who have helped make the country free, and pays tribute to veterans of the American Revolution to the present," said Gen. Richard B. Myers.

For more on how to participate, please visit the parade's website at, or IAVA's website at Veterans and families of the fallen can also call 703-302-1012 ext. 227 to participate.

Click here to watch a live feed on the day of of the parade. to take part in the parade virtually, visit the virtualbootsontheground website.

The 2013 National Memorial Day Parade will be televised nationwide; visit for broadcast partners. The parade is founded  and organized by the American Veterans Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Memorial DayThree years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
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