The nation’s largest Memorial Day event, the 2016 National Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C., is set for 2:00 PM TODAY (Monday, May 30). The parade is held annually along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets NW and ending at 17th Street.
If you can’t make it down to the National Mall, you can watch the parade LIVE above beginning at 2:00 PM ET.
The parade, in its 12th year, is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators along the National Mall to watch the event and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. As many as 4,000 people – including 2,000 veterans –will be taking part in the parade.
The event was launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee. The parade is designed to be a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day. Special events this year will be a tribute to the World War II generation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II; honoring the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001; and remembering the Gulf War.
Special guest celebrities include: actor Gary Sinise; Food Network’s Robert Irvine; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; actor Joe Mantegna; and Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. The parade will feature musical performances by American Idol Trent Harmon; John Michael Montgomery; Phil Vassar; Anthony Kearns; Tony Orlando; the New America Freedom Train Show; and the USO Show Troupe.