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 fifteenth 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.
Featuring the men who stormed the beaches and parachuted into Normandy, on the 75th anniversary of the epic battle.
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.
Cheslie Kryst is a full-time attorney that is licensed to practice law in two states. She earned both her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina.
Kaliegh Garris is a dual-enrolled student at Joseph A. Foran High School and the Educational Center for the Arts where she majors in theater. When she’s not attending one of her schools, you can find this 18-year-old performing on stage as a competitive dancer.
Chart-topping powerhouse Justin Moore proves that, through all the fame and success, he’s still the same country boy he’s always been on his stellar new album, Late Nights and Longnecks. The record is Moore’s most traditional-sounding collection to date, a no-frills portrait of small-town life and big-time dreams that’s not afraid to let its hair down and party at the end of a hard day’s work.
Duo including Dennis Quaid & Jamie James. Dennis Quaid is not just another actor turned rock star, he is a rock star. As singer and rhythm guitarist with Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, he performs many original plus classic hits such as “Spill the Wine”, “Gloria”, and many more. His band’s origins can be traced to one night when Quaid went to see actor Harry Dean Stanton and his band perform at an L.A. club. Quaid was invited to join the band onstage.
Featuring Maelyn Jarmon, the season 16 winner of NBC’s The Voice in her first public performance following the show’s season finale.
Performing live annually for more than 300,000 service members and their families, the USO Show Troupe presents top of the line entertainment with performers possessing extensive Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and TV credits. The USO Show Troupe is proud to continue the over 70 year-old tradition of performing for our Military.
Natalie Morales has been as news anchor at NBC News for 20 years. Prior to her role as news anchor, Morales served as TODAY national correspondent from February 2006 to June 2011. Morales also served as a national correspondent for all NBC News platforms including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” Dateline NBC,” and MSNBC.
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.
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.