TAPS makes their way along the parade route
Actor Gary Sinise waves to the crowd at the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade


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 26, 2014, 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!


The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be televised LIVE nationally on Reelz, around the world on The Pentagon Channel, in Washington, DC on News Channel 8, and streamed on Military.com. Visit our television page for details.


Lt. Colonel Richard E. Cole – Grand Marshal

Co-pilot of Jimmy Doolittle on their legendary attack on Tokyo, April 18 1942, Lt. Col. Cole is one of four of the original 80 men who took part in the Doolittle Raid.

Gary Sinise

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.

Kristian Bush

One-half of the platinum-selling country duo Sugarland and a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His song, “Story of a Soldier,” was inspired by his father’s own service in the United States Army.

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

A native of Syracuse, New York, Nini Davuluri was crowned Miss America on September 15, 2013. Her personal platform issue is celebrating diversity through cultural competency, with a goal of attending medical school and becoming a physician following her reign.

J.R. Martinez – Television Host

Actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and U.S. Army veteran and wounded warrior, J.R. Martinez can currently be seen starring in the nationally syndicated drama series “SAF3.” He was the winner of Season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Rita Cosby – Television Host

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.

Kirsten Haglund – Television Reporter

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.

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken plays Dr. TC Callahan on NBC’s new medical drama “The Night Shift,” which premieres Tuesday, May 27th at 10/9c. Macken’s character TC is an Army doctor who has recently returned from Afghanistan and uses unorthodox methods to save lives; his brash style does not always sit well with the bosses, but he is a brilliant surgeon and a fearless advocate for his patients. Macken is perhaps best known for his work on the BBC One series “Merlin.”

Jill Flint

Jill Flint plays Dr. Jordan Alexander on NBC’s new medical drama “The Night Shift,” which premieres Tuesday, May 27th at 10/9c. Flint’s character Jordan is a brilliant doctor who has been recently promoted with a mandate to bring order to the emergency room; she finds that her regimented working style conflicts with the chaotic style of fellow E.R. doctor TC, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend that is suffering from PTSD. Flint is perhaps best known for on the USA series “Royal Pains.”









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