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National Memorial Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 27, 2019
2:00 PM

National Memorial Day Parade
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Web: MusicCelebrations.com

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Mail: Music Celebrations International
1440 S. Priest Dr. #102
Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: 800-395-2036

If you're interested in entering your band in the National Memorial Day Parade, please request an application from Music Celebrations at the contact info above.
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National Memorial Day Parade logo The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. pays tribute to the pride, sacrifice and service of America's Veterans. Memorial Day, which was originally known as Decoration Day, has a history stretching back to the Civil War and serves as an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.

The National Memorial Day Parade returned to Washington D.C. in 2004 after a nearly 70-year absence, coinciding with the dedication of the World War II Memorial. This outpouring of appreciation to the veterans of World War II spilled over to veterans of the more recent conflicts as well. The National Memorial Day Parade is now an annual event organized by the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International.

The three-hour parade passes alongside the National Mall on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets. The event is a magnificent salute to America's Veterans and in honor of those who died in defense of our country — from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The parade consists of outstanding marching bands from many of the 50 states and veterans units honoring World War I, War World II, The Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, Desert Storm, and the liberation of Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. Large patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons are also part of procession. More than 10,000 participants take part in the parade annually.

The National Memorial Day Parade is streamed live on YouTube and at www.military.com beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern. The parade is also televised live on local stations nationwide, around the world on the American Forces Network, and locally in Washington, DC on News Channel 8.

2018 Participating Bands

National Memorial Day Parade
• Blue Ridge H.S. Marching Knights, Farmer City, IL
• Boca Raton H.S. Pride of the Gold Coast Band, Boca Raton, FL
• Central Islip H.S. Marching Band, Central Islip, NY
• Coventry H.S. Patriot Marching Band, Coventry, CT
• Dalhart H.S. Marching Band, Dalhart, TX
• Everett H.S. Crimson Tide, Everett, MA
• Fayette H.S. Marching Band, Fayette, MO
• Franklin H.S. Black Knight Marching Band, Franklin, PA
• Harper Longhorn Band, Harper, TX
• Heritage H.S. Marching Storm, Newport News, VA
• Jefferson Township H.S. Marching Band, Oak Ridge, NJ
• John F. Kennedy Marching Band and Color Guard, Sacramento, CA
• Kelly H.S. Marching Band, Chicago, IL
• Lakeshore H.S. Fightin' Titan Band, Mandeville, LA
• Liberty-Eylau H.S. Band Program, Texarkana, TX
• Madison H.S. Marching Dodgers, Madison, NJ
• Mira Mesa H.S. "Sapphire Sound" Marching Band and Colorguard, San Diego, CA
• North Platte H.S. Bulldog Marching Band, North Platte, NE
• Northern Guilford H.S. Marching Nighthawks, Greensboro, NC
• Olathe Northwest Raven Pride Marching Band, Olathe, KS
• Palmview H.S. Mariachi & Folkloric Program, Mission, TX
• Peters Township Mighty Indians Marching Band, McMurray, PA
• Phillip O. Berry Marching Cardinals, Charlotte, NC
• Pioneer Valley H.S. Panther Pride Marching Band, Santa Maria, CA
• Ramapo Raider Marching Band, Franklin Lakes, NJ
• Scotland County Marching Tigers Band, Memphis, MO
• Searcy H.S. Marching Lion Band, Searcy, AR
• Southwest H.S. Marching Band, San Antonio, TX
• The Sound of Dutchtown Marching Band, Hampton, GA

Related Events

A visit to Washington, D.C. gives music groups the opportunity to explore and experience many of the sites that are an important part of American history. Sample itineraries could include:
• Sightseeing tours of the Capitol Hill area, the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress.
• A "War Memorial" walking tour of the Lincoln, Korean, World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Vietnam Memorials.
• Visits to historic Mount Vernon, Old Towne Alexandria, Ford's Theater and the Peterson House (where Lincoln died).
• Attending the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra broadcast live on PBS.

Future Dates

Monday, May 27, 2019
Monday, May 25, 2020
Monday, May 31, 2021
(Always held on the last Monday of May)

For More Information

Web: MusicCelebrations.com

Email: Contact Us

Mail: Music Celebrations International
1440 S. Priest Dr. #102
Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: 800-395-2036

If you're interested in entering your band in the National Memorial Day Parade, please request an application from Music Celebrations at the contact info above.

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