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Including over 3,000 participants and drawing a crowd of 300,000, the parade was a salute to the United States Navy. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen served as the parade's reviewing officer. Celebrities Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Lee Greenwood and Ernest Borgnine participated.
The 2nd National Memorial Day Parade was the first to travel along Constitution Avenue, and featured Grand Marshal Gary Sinise, who has been recognized for being one of our military's strongest advocates. The parade included hundreds of service members recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Coinciding with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial on Memorial Day weekend, 2004, the Parade Salute to World War II Veterans was organized and sponsored by the AVC and the WWII Veterans Committee. The parade featured hundreds of WWII veterans, marching bands and military personnel, and was the predecessor to the NMDP.