The National Memorial Day Parade was launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C. In each subsequent year, the parade has grown in both size and scope. Since 2008, the parade has been televised and broadcast live to our troops stationed around the globe. It is the largest Memorial Day event in the nation; a testament to the public’s desire to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom on this sacred day.
On Monday, May 25, 2015, the National Memorial Day Parade will commence at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. Participants will pass by the nation’s monuments, museums, and hundreds of thousands of spectators waving their flags and cheering for our country’s heroes – the men and women who wear the uniform of our armed forces.
From the American Revolution up to present day conflicts, the Parade will commemorate the American spirit and the sacrifices of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve so we can live in the Land of the Free. The parade will include floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, and much more!
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, dozens of surviving veterans will serve as Grand Marshals, representing the 16 million who served and more than 400,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Best known for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump and his starring role during CSI: New York’s nine-season run. His band, the Lt. Dan Band, has also played for American service members around the world.
Tony Award-winning actor of stage, screen, and television, currently starring in the CBS series Criminal Minds.
Chef Robert Irvine has appeared in several Food Network programs including Restaurant: Impossible, helping to save struggling restaurants across America. He began his cooking career upon enlisting in the Royal Navy, cooking around the world and on the high seas. He has more than 25 years of culinary experience.
The Smashing Pumpkins have been a sensation in the alternative rock world, with 20 million albums sold in the U.S. alone. The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest track “Drum and Fife” raises public awareness about veterans suffering from PTS.
A native of Manhattan, New York, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America on September 14, 2014. Her personal platform issue is protecting women against domestic violence, with the goal of pursuing a career in international diplomacy following her reign.
Caleb Johnson, winner of American Idol’s 13th season in 2014 is no stranger to the music scene. In 2010, after graduating from high school, Johnson would join a rock band called Elijah Hooker, of which he would become the lead vocalist. Johnson’s album Testify was recorded in just three weeks – the quickest that any Idol winner has released a debut album.
Television news anchor and correspondent, radio host, and best-selling author, Rita Cosby can currently be seen as a Special Correspondent for the CBS syndicated program “Inside Edition.” Her 2010 book, “Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past,” shares her father’s story as a Polish resistance fighter during World War II.
Television news anchor and radio host, Paul Berry is also a veteran of Vietnam. He currently hosts “Home and Family Finance” which airs of Radio America. He has over 40 years of experience as a broadcast journalist.
Miss America 2008, Kirsten is a graduate of Emory University and is a frequent television commentator on politics and women’s issues on cable news outlets. She is Community Relations Specialist for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Founder & President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, which works with women suffering from eating disorders and body image issues.
Every year for Memorial Day, the American Veterans Center recognizes several of our nation’s fallen heroes – emphasizing the true meaning of the sacred holiday. Their stories are featured in the broadcast of the National Memorial Day Parade to call attention to their sacrifice and remind Americans that the freedom we experience today is not free.