SOURCE: American Veterans Center

American Veterans Center

May 24, 2016 14:00 ET

The American Veterans Center to Host 12th Annual National Memorial Day Parade

Featuring Oscar®-Nominated Actor Gary Sinise, Tony®-Winning Actor Joe Mantegna, Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Celebrity Chef and U.K. Veteran Robert Irvine to Serve as Honorary Celebrity Marshals; Phil Vassar, Trent Harmon, John Michael Montgomery, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and Tony Orlando Will Perform as Musical Guests

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 24, 2016) - The American Veterans Center announced today that the 12th Annual National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 30, starting at 2pm ET along Constitution Avenue in our nation's capital. The parade is a moving timeline of American military history saluting our nation's fallen heroes from the American Revolution to the present day.

This year's parade will recognize the 75th anniversary of America's entry into World War II, as well as commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Additionally, there will be a tribute to veterans of the Gulf War in honor of the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, with hundreds of Gulf War veterans reuniting at the Parade in what will be the largest reunion of veterans since the Gulf War ended in 1991.

The parade will also recognize the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. More than 1,000 active duty military personnel will participate in the parade.

"Parades on Memorial Day have been a tradition since the holiday began following the Civil War," said James C. Roberts, President of the American Veterans Center. "We are honored to bring the National Memorial Day Parade to the entire country, to help call attention to the true meaning of the holiday -- honoring and remembering our fallen heroes, and commemorating the American spirit and the sacrifices of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve."

The National Memorial Day Parade is the largest Memorial Day event in the nation. This year features:

  • Oscar®-nominated actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise
  • Tony®-winning actor and Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna
  • Celebrity chef and veteran Robert Irvine serving as Honorary Celebrity Marshals
  • Air Force veteran and astronaut Buzz Aldrin

With musical performances by:

  • Current American Idol winner Trent Harmon
  • Country stars Phil Vassar and John Michael Montgomery
  • Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell
  • Tony Orlando

The American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C. inaugurated the National Memorial Day Parade in 2005. Since then, the parade has grown into the largest Memorial Day event in the nation, with several hundred thousand spectators and a national television broadcast on REELZ Channel, along with coverage to our troops serving around the world on American Forces Network. It will be televised in Washington, DC on News Channel 8, and streamed live on

The National Memorial Day Parade will commence at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, ending just past the White House and the National World War II Memorial at 17th Street. Participants will pass by the nation's monuments, memorials, and museums, and be greeted by hundreds of thousands of spectators waving their flags and cheering for our country's heroes -- all in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Parade will include floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local celebrities, service organizations, clubs and much more. It is a family-friendly spectacular aimed to call attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Sponsors for the National Memorial Day Parade include American Airlines, Wells Fargo, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Helping a Hero, USBA, Leidos, Lions Club International, The New American Freedom Train Show, The Nation of the State of Kuwait, TAPS, and Stars & Stripes.

About the American Veterans Center: 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 or

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