The Largest Memorial Day Parade in America Returns to Constitution Avenue for Its First Live Parade Since 2019, Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in commemoration of Military Appreciation Month, the American Veterans Center (AVC) is proud to announce the return of an American tradition: The National Memorial Day Parade, live from Washington, DC. The National Memorial Day Parade will march down Constitution Avenue, alongside the iconic monuments of the National Mall, starting at 2pm on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). The parade serves as a moving timeline of American history, featuring historical re-enactors, military veterans, active duty personnel, celebrities, and entertainers to honor and salute the men and women who have sacrificed for the United States of America. This marks the parade's proud return to live audiences for the first time since prior to the pandemic.
"The American Veterans Center is proud to announce that The National Memorial Day Parade is returning to its home along the National Mall," said Tim Holbert, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of AVC. "During the pandemic, our country experienced some extraordinarily turbulent and divisive times, some of which we still face today. More than ever, it is important to allow Americans of all backgrounds to come together once more and honor what we all have in common. We are honored to bring back this unifying tradition that commemorates our shared history, paying respect to the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to all of us."
Historically the parade attracts more than two hundred thousand attendees from across the country, who flood the sidewalks of Constitution Avenue. The AVC anticipates a much larger turnout this year due to the parade's 3-year hiatus and given the expected uptick in Americans' post-pandemic travel. In addition to the live, in-person experience, the parade will broadcast on national television through major network affiliates (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, The CW) and worldwide through the American Forces Network, to reach a collective audience of more than 100 million households.
The Grand Marshal of The National Memorial Day Parade will be the Lt. Col. James Harvey III, one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen who won the first ever 'Top Gun' style competition in 1949. In addition to the dozens of honorable veterans, the parade will feature a star-studded cast of celebrities and entertainers, who will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The American Veterans Center re-introduced the tradition of a Memorial Day parade along Constitution Avenue in 2005, decades after it had faded away during the Second World War. It has since grown into the largest Memorial Day commemoration in the country. Additional information will be announced this month. Visit www.NationalMemorialDayParade.com to stay updated.
The American Veterans Center (AVC) and its subsidiary, the World War II Veterans Committee, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to guarding the legacy and honoring the sacrifice of our military personnel from every generation. The National Memorial Day Parade is held annually in Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.AmericanVeteransCenter.org.
SOURCE The American Veterans Center
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