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 2016 National Memorial Day Parade will be streamed live online at www.military.com beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern. The parade will also be televised live nationally on Reelz, around the world on The Pentagon Channel, and locally in Washington, DC on News Channel 8.
Arbor View H.S. Outdoor Performance Ensemble, Las Vegas, NV
Chilton H.S. Band, Chilton, WI
Cumberland Valley H.S. Marching Band, Mechanicsburg, PA
Deer Park H.S. Band, Deer Park, TX
Everett H.S. Crimson Tide, Everett, MA
Franklin H.S. Black Knight Marching Band, Franklin, PA
Gateway H.S. Marching Band, Monroeville, PA
Hampton H.S. Marching Band, Allison Park, PA
Havelock Marching Rams, Havelock, NC
Henry Ford II H.S. Falcon Marching Band, Sterling Heights, MI
John F. Kennedy Marching Band, Taylor, MI
Liberty Technology Crusader Band, Jackson, TN
Mariposa Unified Grizzly Marching Band, Mariposa, CA
The Pride of Morristown Marching Band & Guard, Morristown, IN
Newberry H.S. Band of Pride, Newberry, FL
Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band, Columbus, OH
Opelpousas H.S. Tiger Marching Band, Opelousas, LA
Secaucus Middle/H.S. Marching Band, Secaucus, NJ
Shiner Comanche Marching Band, Shiner, TX
Springfield Central H.S. Screaming Eagle Marching Band, Springfield, MA
West Platte Marching Blue Jays, Weston, MO
A visit to Washington, D.C. gives music groups the opportunity to explore and experience many of the sites that are an important part of American history. Sample itineraries could include:
• Sightseeing tours of the Capitol Hill area, the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress.
• A "War Memorial" walking tour of the Lincoln, Korean, World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Vietnam Memorials.
• Visits to historic Mount Vernon, Old Towne Alexandria, Ford's Theater and the Peterson House (where Lincoln died).
• Attending the National Memorial Day Concert
on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra broadcast live on PBS.
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If you're interested in entering your band in the National Memorial Day Parade, please request an application from Music Celebrations at the contact info above.