You are invited to attend or watch the 2016 National Memorial Day Parade this coming Monday, May 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC..
“Memorial Day is the day that America has set aside to honor those men and women who have lost their lives serving in the armed forces of our country.”
The National Memorial Day Parade honors those men and women this year as well as commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. Homeland on Sept. 11, 2001, the 25th Anniversary of the Gulf War, and the 75th Anniversary of the America’s entry into World War II.
While proceeding along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th St., NW, the parade will feature a large number of marching bands (military, high school, and college) and veterans organizations. In addition, over 1000 active duty military personnel are also expected to be in the parade.
There will also be a number of celebrities including actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, astronaut and Korean War veteran Buzz Aldrin, and Betty Cantrell, the 2016 Miss America. Music will be performed by Phil Vassar, Trent Harmon, and John Michael Montgomery.
American Veterans Center revived the parade 12 years ago after it had been dormant for almost 70 years and has sponsored the it ever since. AVC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated “to preserve the legacy of our veterans and military personnel for more than 20 years.”
If you can’t attend the 2016 National Memorial Day Parade, then nearby citizenry can watch the festivities as they are being televised locally in Washington on News Channel 8. Others across America will be able to watch the parade as it will be streamed live nationally on REELZ, and Military.com. Active duty military personnel will have the opportunity to see the parade and its associated activities because it will be broadcast around the world on the American Forces Network. You can also watch it here.
So please add this wonderful event to your Memorial Day agenda. Come on down and attend the parade or take your time to watch it while it’s streamed live on your computer or perhaps even your local establishment.