National Memorial Day Parade: You CAN Participate

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 26. A time for parades. Family and friends. Backyard barbecues. Waving Old Glory. Honoring those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and secure our rights and freedoms.

The National Memorial Day Parade is the largest Memorial Day event in the country. Organized by the American Veterans Center, the 2014 parade will welcome more than 300,000 spectators and 4,000 participants in saluting our military and fallen heroes from the American Revolutionary War through Afghanistan and Iraq. The May 26 parade begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW, in Washington, D.C.

If you can’t make it to D.C., don’t worry. You can still participate in the parade by visiting Virtual Boots on the Ground. Just sign in with your contact information and select an avatar. It’s free. Says Virtual Boots on the Ground:

The parade is a moving timeline that showcases the sacrifices of all who have served from the Revolutionary war to Iraq and Afghanistan. It includes hundreds of active duty troops and veterans representing the millions of U.S. active duty troops and veterans all around the world. This year, the “grand finale” will consist of hundreds of active duty troops in battle dress, many of whom have just recently returned home from deployment.

The parade is also regularly joined by many top-ranking military personnel including Members of the Joint Chiefs and Senior Pentagon Officials as well as high profile veterans and supporters of our veterans. This year we welcome Trace Adkins, Taylor Hicks, JR Martinez, Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Miss America, and many others.

This year the parade will be broadcast live nationwide to nearly 80 million homes and on several cable television networks including the Pentagon Channel and Armed Forces Network, with extensive coverage on FOX News.

Celebrate freedom. Remember their service. Courage. Commitment. And sacrifice. Honor our active duty military and veterans not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

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