The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in our nation’s capital – Washington, DC – shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. The parade, commemorating its fourteenth year, is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

The National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day. It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades, going back to the beginning of the holiday just after the Civil War, to create a family friendly event aimed at calling attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes. The parade will be streamed LIVE by our online partners at YouTube and Military.com.





Highlights of the 2018 National Memorial Day Parade

Grand Marshals

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, & Spencer Stone – Heroes of ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

Sadler, Skarlatos (Army National Guard veteran), and Stone (U.S. Air Force veteran), are the three young Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21, 2015. For their actions, they were awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, and recently portrayed themselves in the Clint Eastwood film, ‘The 15:17 to Paris.’

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

The Tuskegee Airmen

15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, culminating a 40-plus year Air Force career which began as a combat pilot in The Vietnam War. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force.

Special Celebrity Guests

Joe Mantegna

Tony Award-winning actor of stage, screen, and television, currently starring in the CBS series Criminal Minds.

Robert Irvine

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.

Miss America 2018 Cara Mund

A Brown University honors graduate, Cara became the first woman from North Dakota to win the title of Miss America. Cara travels the country to discuss the importance of political engagement, education, and community service. Cara also serves as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visiting youth treated in facilities around the country and raises awareness about the services they provide. (Photo credit: Matt Boyd Photography)

With Musical Performances by

Trace Adkins

A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry with 11 million albums sold. Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards. He is also an accomplished actor with roles in several films and television shows. He is perhaps most proud of his work supporting U.S. troops and veterans, serving as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and participating in 12 USO tours to date.

Cassidy Daniels

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cassidy Daniels was born an Army brat in Asheville, North Carolina. Her friends and family discovered she was a musical prodigy after she wrote her first song on piano, “Beautiful Day” about finding positivity at home when her father was deployed in Iraq. She has written and co-written hundreds of songs with some of Nashville’s top tier songwriters. Cassidy has shared the stage with artists such as Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, Cole Swindell, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many more.

Jerrod Neimann

Fueled by a nearly decade-long career, Niemann is digging deeper with his forthcoming Curb Records album featuring an uplifting duet, “A Little More Love,” with good friend and label mate Lee Brice. The singer-songwriter last topped country charts with his PLATINUM-certified No. 1 anthem, “Drink to That All Night,” from HIGH NOON. Niemann first burst onto the scene in 2010, with his critically-acclaimed major-label debut, JUDGE JERROD & THE HUNG JURY. (Photo credit: Ryan Hamblin)

Television Broadcast Hosted by

Sage Steele

Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road and as the Monday-Thursday anchor for SportsCenter:AM, the 7-10 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s news and information program. Beyond her work for ESPN, Steele has co-hosted ABC’s telecast of the Miss America pageant since 2016 and has been a featured guest host on ABC’s The View. She is a board member for the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans.

Kyra Phillips

Kyra Phillips is a correspondent for ABC News, based in Washington D.C. Prior to joining ABC News she was an award-winning anchor for “Live From,” “CNN Newsroom,” “American Morning,” and moved to HLN in 2012 to anchor “Raising America with Kyra Phillips.” Her work has taken her all over the world, covering breaking news across the Middle East. During her four assignments in Iraq she embedded with troops aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.Phillips became the first female journalist to fly in an F-14 air-to-air combat training mission over the Persian Gulf and her war coverage secured her the Atlanta Press Club’s National Reporter of the Year in 2007.

Dean Cain

A television icon known for his role as Superman/Clark Kent in the series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” Dean Cain has displayed an active presence as an actor, producer, writer, director, and television host. He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club and Out of Time. Cain was also a contestant on the NBC reality series Stars Earn Stripes, where he played for the Wounded Warrior Project.


The National Memorial Day Parade was created to call attention to the true meaning of the holiday – honoring our fallen heroes.  Each year, throughout its television broadcast, the parade features personal stories of men and women who lost their lives in service to America – a reminder of the price of our freedom.