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 in more than 80 million homes across the country. Stay tuned for broadcast details.


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.

Joe Mantegna

Tony Award-winning star of Glengarry Glen Ross and current lead in Criminal Minds on CBS. In 2004 was named Chairperson for the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.









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