National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade

WASHINGTON, DC -- The nation's largest Memorial Day event, the 2015 National Memorial Day Parade, will take place on Monday, May 25 at 2:00 PM EDT along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.  The parade will be streamed LIVE on Military.com at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the parade will welcome back actors and noted supporters of our veterans Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, along with celebrity chef and UK veteran Robert IrvineMiss America 2015 Kira Kazanstev, and musical performances by Grammy-winning band Smashing Pumpkins and American Idol winner Caleb Johnson.

The parade will also feature more than 30 high school and college bands from states across the U.S., historical re-enactors, veterans organizations, and more than 1,000 active duty military personnel. Organized as a moving timeline saluting American military history, the parade will proceed along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th St., NW. 

Veterans from every conflict from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan will be represented in this year's parade.  In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, The Veterans of World War II will serve as this year's Grand Marshals. In addition to this anniversary, the parade will commemorate two other significant dates: the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, as the 10th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Parade. It is quite a year of commemoration. 

To learn more about attending the parade in person, visit www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com.

You can also participate in the parade virtually - visit virtualbootsontheground.com to learn more! 

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 National Memorial Day Parade is held annually in Washington D.C.  To learn more about the American Veterans Center, 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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