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Memorial Day

Memorial Day
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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 29, 2006). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

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Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade is an annual event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the American Veterans Center in association with America Supports You and the White House Commission on Remembrance and with the support of more than 40 veterans and military organizations.

The National Memorial Day Parade honors all those who have served the country in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The National Memorial Day Parade also seeks to educate American's about the sacrifices made by those who served to secure the liberties which can be being enjoyed today.

The tradition of a Memorial Day parade in the nation's capital ended with the outbreak of World War II. In 2004, an ad hoc association of veterans and civic groups came together to produce "A Parade Salute to World War II Veterans" to coincide with the dedication of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. The event proved so successful that it was decided to revive the tradition of a parade to honor all of our nation's veterans and war dead in Washington, DC - thus was born the National Memorial Day Parade. Chairmanship of the parade committee was assumed by James Roberts, President of the American Veterans Center and vice chairman of the White House Commission on Remembrance.

Since 2004, the National Memorial Day Parade has grown in media coverage and popularity. In 2006, Gary Sinise, the famed actor best known for his role as Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump, and a strong supporter of our Armed Forces, served as grand marshal. Approximately 100,000 people lined the National Mall to watch the two-hour parade, which featured more than 150 elements including bands, military units, youth groups, and parade floats, as well as hundreds of veterans of World War I & II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. The 2006 parade was made all the more meaningful with the inclusion of over 600 servicemen and women recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, in what was the public's first official opportunity to welcome these brave heroes home. With the National Memorial Day Parade, the country once again has an event in our nation's capital where Americans of all ages can come together and honor our servicemen and women of all generations, from the Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom.


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