The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. pays tribute to the pride, sacrifice and service of America’s Veterans. Memorial Day, which was originally known as Decoration Day, has a history stretching back to the Civil War and serves as an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.
The National Memorial Day Parade returned to Washington D.C. in 2004 after a nearly 70-year absence, coinciding with the dedication of the World War II Memorial. This outpouring of appreciation to the veterans of World War II spilled over to veterans of the more recent conflicts as well. The National Memorial Day Parade is now an annual event organized by the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International.
The three-hour parade passes alongside the National Mall on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets. The event is a magnificent salute to America’s Veterans and in honor of those who died in defense of our country — from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The parade consists of outstanding marching bands from many of the 50 states and veterans units honoring World War I, War World II, The Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, Desert Storm, and the liberation of Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. Large patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons are also part of procession. More than 10,000 participants take part in the parade annually.
The 2018 National Memorial Day Parade will be streamed live on YouTube and at www.military.com beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern. The parade will also be televised live on local stations nationwide, around the world on the American Forces Network, and locally in Washington, DC on News Channel 8.
Learn more about the National Memorial Day Parade here.
Download the 2018 Marching Band brochure here.