National Memorial Day Parade to Feature Actor Gary Sinise, U.S. Air Force Band and Veterans from All Branches of Military

    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
 military, include:
     * 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
 minute.
     * 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
 service.
     * 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
 Japan.
     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
 tholbert@americanveteranscenter.org.
 
 

SOURCE American Veterans Center

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