National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade

WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be hosted by Rita Cosby of Inside Edition and wounded warrior and Dancing with the Stars winner JR Martinez, that features actor Gary Sinise, Grammy Award Winner Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland, and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, as well as senior military leadership from all branches of service.  The parade will take place Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

The parade will also feature 30 High School bands from states across the U.S. including Texas, California, Maine and others. The parade will process along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. on May 26th beginning at 2:00pm at 7th Street and moving to 17th Street.  Hundreds of uniformed troops from each service branch will march in the parade.  They will gather for a special luncheon on the National Mall beforehand.

Veterans from every conflict from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan will be represented in this year's parade.  A co-pilot of the daring Doolittle Tokyo Raid from World War II, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, will be this year's Grand Marshal.  Lt. Col. Cole is 98 years old, and is one of only four living participants in the raid.

"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 (Chairman of The American Veterans Center Advisory Board).

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

The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be televised nationwide; visit www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com for broadcast partners. The parade is founded  and organized by the American Veterans Center (AVC) a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel. The Memorial Day Parade is held annually in Washington D.C.  For more information, please visit www.americanveteranscenter.org.

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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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