Highlights of the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade:
  • A very special tribute those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to our current generation of service members.
  • A commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II, 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
  • A special salute to the legacy of the United States Army from 1775 to today, featuring distinguished Army veterans, The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," and hundreds of U.S. Army and Army Reserve Soldiers.
  • Thousands of veterans, marching bands, and musical performers all paying tribute to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

J.R. Martinez - 2013 National Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal. Actor, motivational speaker, radio host, Army veteran, and author of The New York Times Bestseller Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit. Wounded in Iraq in 2003, his inspiring story of recovery was featured in his championship run in Season 13 of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
Robert Griffin III - Honorary Grand Marshals Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, and his parents, U.S. Army veterans Robert Griffin, Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin, in a special salute to Military families.
Gary Sinise - Star of CSI: New York known for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. Co-founder of Operation Iraqi Children, which helps Americans donate school supplies to Iraqi schools. His band, the Lt. Dan Band, has also played for American service members around the world.
Trace Adkins - Grammy-nominated country artist, actor, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross. He has performed on seven USO tours, and is among the most recognizable musical supporters of our military. He can currently be seen supporting the American Red Cross on NBC's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
Joe Mantegna - Tony Award-winning star of Glengarry Glen Ross and current lead in Criminal Minds on CBS. In 2004 was named Chairperson for the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan - Native of Brooklyn, New York, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Her personal platform is promoting Stop it Now, an organization dedicated to prevention and protection from child sexual abuse.
Taylor Hicks - More than 37 million viewers tuned in as Taylor Hicks became the winner of American Idol: Season 5, making it one of the most-watched television events of the decade. His debut album would be certified Platinum, and he would go on to star in GREASE on Broadway and a residency at Bally's Las Vegas. He is currently working on his first country album.
Anthony Kearns - The founding original member of The Irish Tenors, with whom he has 10 best-selling CDs and five PBS Specials. He frequently performs at charity concerts, on television, and with the finest symphony orchestras and opera houses. In 2013, he was the guest of Speaker of the House John Boehner for the 2013 Friends of Ireland Lunch, and for General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to honor Medal of Honor recipients. He is well regarded as one of the world's finest tenors.

Papers around the world have covered the National Memorial Day Parade.

The National Memorial Day Parade received coverage in over 230 media markets, with stories picked up by The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Orange County Times, and Human Events.

Click here to watch previous Grand Marshal, Gary Sinise, talk about the importance of Memorial Day, as televised on the Pentagon Channel's coverage of the parade..

The parade was covered by each of the major television news networks, and has been televised live, including by the Pentagon Channel seen by military personnel at installations around the world.

Click here to view the climax of the National Memorial Day Parade - the procession of the United States Marine Corps Band followed by hundreds of our recently returned heroes from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

PLUS Marching Bands from Across the Country, Including:
  • Athens Drive High School Band - Raleigh, NC
  • Bayonne High School Marching Band - Bayonne, NJ
  • Bonnabel Bruin Marching Band - Kenner, LA
  • Central Islip High School Marching Band - Central Islip, NY
  • Collinsville High School Band - Collinsville, OK
  • Concordia Lutheran High School Marching Cadets - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Etiwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment and Jazz Ensembles - Etiwanda, CA
  • Franklin High School Black Knight Marching Band - Franklin, PA
  • Golden Tiger Marching Band - Talihina, OK
  • Henryetta Knight Brigade - Henryetta, OK
  • James Oliver Johnson High School Band - Huntsville, AL
  • Jefferson Davis High School Marching Band - Montgomery, AL
  • Marching Bobcat Band - Hope, AR
  • Needham B. Broughton High School Marching Band - Raleigh, NC
  • North County High School Raider Regiment - Farmington, MO
  • North Lincoln High School "Band of Knights" - Lincolnton, NC
  • Orange High School Panther Regiment - Hillsborough, NC
  • Pascagoula High School Marching Band - Pascagoula, MS
  • Pride of Cache Marching Band - Cache, OK
  • Sanderson High School Band - Raleigh, NC
  • Schalmont High School Marching Band - Schenectady, NY
  • Southridge High School Marching Band - Beaverton, OR


For more information on the parade, call 703-302-1012 ext. 227.


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