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2012 National Memorial Day Parade Lineup

May 28 parade travels Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2012) — The 2012 National Memorial Day Parade will pay tribute to the pride, sacrifice and service of America's Veterans with a lineup of veterans units, marching bands and patriotic floats. The annual procession begins at 2:00 PM (Eastern) on Monday, May 28.

National Memorial Day Parade logo The National Memorial Day Parade is organized as a moving timeline of American military history, paying tribute to those who served from the time of the Native Americans and the American Revolution through the Civil War and on to current times. It will feature veterans of every era from World War II to today.

The National Memorial Day Parade will be televised live on the Military Channel and will also be presented through a live webcast at View a list of additional television stations and broadcast times at

The parade route begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW, travels west down Constitution past the White House, and ends at 17th Street.

The complete 2012 National Memorial Day Parade lineup in order of appearance is shown below.

2012 National Memorial Day Parade Order
As of May 24, 2012

Opening Performance: America The Dream Goes On by National Memorial Day Festival Chorus

• Metropolitan Police Lead Car and Motor "V"
• The American Veterans Center - Founder and organizer of the National Memorial Day Parade
• Thank You to Boeing - Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 National Memorial Day Parade
•  Band: Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums
• Riderless Horse - In Honor of Those Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

• The 2012 National Memorial Day Parade Ceremonial Honor Guard and Grand Marshal
Featuring Active Duty Military Personnel including:
- The United States Joint Service Color Guard
- The United States Air Force Band
Marching Platoons From:
- The United States Army
- The United States Marine Corps
- The United States Navy
- The United States Air Force
- The United States Coast Guard
- And the famed 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment "Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps
• Grand Marshal - 2012 National Memorial Day Parade Chuck Yeager U.S. Air Force (Retired)
• Band: Chapin High School - South Carolina
• Harry Ferrier - Last living veteran of Torpedo Squadron 8, famed unit from the Battle of Midway 70 years ago
• Honorary Marshal Joe Mantegna with his uncle WWII veteran Willy Novelli
• Band: Conant High School Band - Illinois
• Musical Performance by former Air Force TSgt. Angie Johnson "This is My Country"
• Band: Ballou High School - Washington, D.C
• Honorary Grand Marshals: Our Wounded Warriors from Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Honorary Marshal Gary Sinise - Made possible with support from HBO
• Band: Foothill High School Band - Nevada
• Thank you to the American Association of Railroads - Four-Star Sponsor

The National Memorial Day Parade: A Moving Timelime Of American Military History

Native Americans
• Eagle Medicine Band of Cherokee Indians

The American Revolution
• Band: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Made possible with support from Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
• Betsy Ross Flag
• General George Washington with wife Martha - Mt. Vernon Estate & Gardens - Made possible with support from The Washington Examiner - The Official Print Partner of the National Memorial Day Parade
• The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution: George Washington Chapter
• Band: Gateway High School Band - Pennsylvania

The War of 1812
• The Star-Spangled Banner
• Sailors of the USS Constitution - The world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel
• 71st Command Color Guard
• Band: Cheshire High School Band - Connecticut
• Maryland Federalist replica tall ship
• Veterans Corps of Artillery - State of New York
• Ship's Company - Maryland
• The Largest U.S. Navy Flag in the World - Made possible with support from the USNA Class of 1970
• Band: Parkway Central High School - Missouri
• Thank you to PenFed - Three Star Sponsor

The Civil War
• Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War
• Civil War Eagles featuring the Federal Generals' Corps and Lee's Lieutenants
• Band: American Originals Fife and Drums - Made possible with support from Quicken Loans
• President Abraham Lincoln
• Mounted Union Army Soldier - Portrayed by Tom Tompkins
• F.R.E.E.D.: Female Re-Enactors of Distinction
• Band: West Harrison High School Band - Mississippi
• R. E. Lee Camp 726 - Sons of the Confederacy & Provisional Forces of the Confederacy
• Band: Cheraw High School - South Carolina
• Thank You to WTOP - The Official Radio Partner of the National Memorial Day Parade
• Central Virginia Mustang Club
• Thank You to Costco and Safeway for supporting our active duty military

The Spanish-American War - Made possible with support from Dimensions Healthcare System
• President Theodore Roosevelt
• 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders" Honor Guard
• Buffalo Soldiers - 9th and 10th Cavalry Division - Virginia

World War I
• World War I Doughboy Re-Enactors
• Thank You to Lions Club - Two Star Sponsor
• Lions Club Float - Saluting Our Military Beacons of Hope
• Band: Sewanhaka All-Star Marching Band - New York
• Bureau of Engraving and Printing Honor Guard
• World War I-era Ambulance
• Band: Williams Valley High School - Pennsylvania
• Thank You to GEICO - Two Star Sponsor
• Musical Performance by G. Love - "Peace, Love, and Happiness"

World War II
• Ceremonial Honor Guard featuring Flags of the Allied Nations
• Band: Skiatook High School Band - Oklahoma
• Honorary Marshals for World War II - The Tuskegee Airmen
• Veterans of the 99th Infantry Division of World War II
• Musical Performance by Swing Shift
• Thank You to Music Celebrations International
• Band: Concord Community High School - Indiana
• Navy Club of the USA - Ship 166, Replica PT Boat
• Thank You to U-Haul - Two Star Sponsor
• Musical performance
• Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive featuring a replica statue of the famed "VJ Day in Times Square" photo & Nell Calloway, granndaughter of legendary General Claire Chennault of the Flying Tigers
• Band: East Stroudsburg High School - Pennsylvania
• Sons and Daughters of the Pearl Harbor Survivors
• Japanese American Veterans Association
• Embassy of the Philippines World War II Veterans

The Korean War
The Korean War: "A Tribute to the Forgotten Victory" Float featuring Air Force Heroes of the Korean War - Made possible with support from The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee
• Colonel Buzz Aldrin, USAF (Ret) Legendary Apollo 11 Astronaut & Korean War veteran
• Honorary Marshal for the Korean War Major General Frederick "Boots" Blesse, USAF (Ret)
• Musical performance by Kris Allen Winner of American Idol, with newly released album Thank You Camellia
• Band: Uniondale High School - New York

The Vietnam War
• Rolling Thunder - Chapter 1 - Maryland
• Honorary Marshal for the Vietnam War Brigadier General R. Steve Ritchie, USAF (Ret)
• A Tribute to the Special Operations Community Made possible with the support of the Perot Foundation
• Band: Pennfield High School - Michigan
• Coalition of of Republic of Vietnam Veterans Association
• Authentic Vietnam-era Helicopter Provided by North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
• 101st Airborne Division Veterans
• Band: Palo Verde High School - Nevada
• Beirut Veterans of America
• Republic of China Veterans Association

The Gulf War
• Honorary Marshals of the Gulf War Veterans of Operation Desert Storm Marching in support of a new national memorial to the fallen
• Band: Sullivan South High School - Tennessee
• "Kuwait Remembers" Float made possible with support by The State of Kuwait
• Band: Baldwin High School Band - Pennsylvania
• Capital Wing of the Airmen's Preservation Society
• Band: Elmore City High School Band - Oklahoma
• Washington Hospital Center Honor Guard
• United War Veterans Council Float & Brooklyn College City University of New York
• Band: Valley Forge Military Academy & College Field Unit - Pennsylvania
• Pentagon Memorial Fund
• Thank You to Fundraising Strategies - Two Star Sponsor
• USA Cares Featuring "God Bless America" by Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler

The first major public tribute to this generation in our nation's capital following the conclusion of the war
• Families of the Fallen - Represented by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
• Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom - Led by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
• Band: Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Massachusetts
• Plus:
Active Duty Military from:
- The United States Marine Corps
- The United States Navy, featuring sailors from the USS Arlington, named in honor of the fallen from the attack on the Pentagon, September 11, 2001
- The United States Air Force
- The United States Army & Army Reserve
• Band: Freedom High School - Virginia
• USO of Metropolitan Washington
• Band: Okeechobee High School - Florida
• Thank You to Boeing, Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 National Memorial Day Parade, and all of the parade's generous sponsors for their support

For additional information, visit Marching bands interested to participate in future years can view the National Memorial Day Parade information on

Source material courtesy of the American Veterans Center.

Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published or redistributed without permission.

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