WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterans
Center again presents the annual National Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May
28, at 2 p.m. along Constitution Avenue.
The parade features Honorary Marshal actor Gary Sinise, (best known for
his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump and current star of TV's "CSI New
York"). The Grand Marshals are a contingent of wounded heroes from
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Honorary
Marshal for WWI is Frank Buckles - one of the last living American veterans
of "The Great War."
Leading the parade is the U.S. Air Force band and the marching bands
from Washington, DC's Eastern High School and Ballou High School.
Other highlights along with floats, military vehicles and active duty
* The parade commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the United States Air
Force with an Air Force flyover in the "Missing Man Formation" during a
National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. when the parade will halt for one
* Veterans of the "Band of Brothers", E. Company of the 506th Parachute
Infantry, 101st Airborne Division of World War II, made famous by the HBO
miniseries by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
* Tuskegee Airmen, pioneers who formed the first unit of black fighter
pilots during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were recently awarded
Congressional Gold Medals by President George W. Bush for their heroic
* Singer Pat Boone performs his tribute song to the National Guard
called "For My Country" prior to the start of the parade.
* Parade announcer is Adrian Cronauer, the famed Vietnam disc jockey
portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie, Good Morning, Vietnam!
* Several of the "Doolittle Raiders." 65 years ago, sixteen American B-
25s, led by Jimmy Doolittle, undertook a daring bombing mission against
The raid was a morale boost to the country, reeling from the attack at
Pearl Harbor. Included is Doolittle's co-pilot, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole.
For more information, visit http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com or
call Tim Holbert at 703/302-1012, ext. 220 or e-mail
SOURCE American Veterans Center