National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to the remembrance of American war dead. Observed on the last Monday of May, it is marked throughout the country with solemn ceremonies and parades. The National Memorial Day Parade is held along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day was founded after the American Civil War as Decoration Day. Originally dedicated to the Union war dead, it now honors all Americans who have died in military service. The tradition of holding Memorial Day parades dates back to the late 1860s. It was discontinued during the Great Depression in World War II but have been gradually reemerging in recent decades.

The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. was founded in 2004 by the American Veterans Center, an organization dedicated to guarding the legacies and honoring the sacrifices of all American veterans. The inaugural parade coincided with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The National Memorial Day Parade is held every year. It takes place along Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street and is broadcast live nationwide. It features units from all over the country including over 1,000 military personnel, high school marching bands, veteran organizations, historical reenactment groups, and more.

The largest Memorial Day event in the United States, the National Memorial Day Parade draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service of their country from the American Revolution to the present day. It’s a family friendly event designed to call attention to the true meaning of the observance – honoring the fallen heroes who have made a priceless contribution to peace.

National Memorial Day Parade

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