2017 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC

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    What You Need to Know About the DC Memorial Day Parade

    ••• National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC is a flag-waving event with patriotic marches and floats. The Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and is an annual tradition of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. The National Memorial Day Parade will include musical performers and celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, including Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Jack Black, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Conan O’Brien, Kid Rock, Ray Romano, and more. The parade will also be streamed LIVE on YouTube.com and Military.com.

    This year’s parade will recognize the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and the continuing 50th anniversary of Vietnam, which coincides with the highly anticipated forthcoming docu-series, “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals for the parade. 

    Date and Time: Monday, May 29, 2017, 2 p.m. The...MORE parade will be preceded by musical performances and ceremonies at the reviewing stand at 1 p.m. at the National Archives, at the corner of 7th St. and Constitution Avenue.

    Parade Route: The National Memorial Day Parade begins at at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. See a map of the parade route.

    Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the annual event.

    The parade is one of many events that takes place in the area during the holiday weekend. For a guide to all of the events,  see Memorial Day in Washington, DC.

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    Men and Women in Uniform

    ••• Men and Women in Uniform. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Many men and women in uniform participate in the annual parade. An expected crowd of more than a quarter million Americans will line the National Mall to watch thousands of participants, including veterans and active duty military personnel, historical re-enactors, marching bands, musical performers, and celebrity supporters of our troops.

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    Marching Band in front of the Capitol

    ••• Marching Band in front of the Capitol. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Marching bands entertain the crowd on Memorial Day in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC. This year’s parade will recognize the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and the continuing 50th anniversary of Vietnam.

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    Colonial Military March

    ••• Colonial Military March. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    The National Memorial Day parade features many groups and colorful characters including a Colonial Military March. 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.

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    World War II Veterans in a Military Vehicle

    ••• World War II Veterans in a Military Vehicle. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    World War II Veterans drive the parade route in a military vehicle.The parade is produced by the American Veterans Center.

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    Women's Marching Band

    ••• Women's Marching Band. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    The Women's Marching Band participates in the parade. 

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    Veterans March

    ••• Veterans March. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Veterans from all wars participate in the parade. 

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    American Flags

    ••• American Flags. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    The parade is a patriotic tribute to members of the American Armed Forces. 

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    Star Float

    ••• Star Float. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Many war heroes ride on patriotic floats in the Memorial Day parade. 

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    Hummer

    ••• Hummer. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Military vehicles drive along the parade route in Washington DC. 

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    Veterans

    ••• Veterans. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Veterans raise a flag in tribute to America's heroes. 

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    Canadian Military Marching Band in front of the Capitol

    ••• Canadian Military Marching Band in front of the Capitol. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Even a Canadian Military Marching Band participates in front of the Capitol

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    Star Balloons

    ••• Star Balloons. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Large inflated balloons with patriotic themes fill the streets of Washington DC on Memorial Day. 

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    World War II Veterans

    ••• World War II Veterans. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    World War II Veterans participate in the Memorial Day Parade. 

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    Marching Band

    ••• Marching Band. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Marching bands participate in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.

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    Boy Scouts

    ••• Boy Scouts. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Boy Scout troops march with flags in the Memorial Day Parade. 

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    National Moment of Remembrance Banner

    ••• National Moment of Remembrance Banner. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    Memorial Day Parade participants honor those who have died defending our nation. 

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    U.S. Navy Honor Guard

    ••• U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    The Honor Guard performs its traditional marches in the Memorial Day Parade. 

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    U. S. Navy Seaman

    ••• U. S. Navy Seaman. Photo &copy Chris Graham

    U.S. Navy Seaman participate in the Memorial Day Parade. 

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    Young Marines Flag March

    ••• Young Marines Flag March. Photo © Chris Graham

    Young marines march in the parade. Read more about Memorial Day in Washington, DC.