WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Memorial Day Parade presented by the American Veterans Center will take place Monday, May 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets NW in Washington, DC.What started six years ago is now an annual event along Constitution Avenue and the largest Memorial Day parade in the nation. The parade will feature a special tribute to the U.S. Navy, and include Navy vet and Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine, fellow actors and veterans’ supporters Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, and music star Lee Greenwood. Also participating is Edith Shain, the nurse from the famous “VJ Day in Times Square” kiss photo.
Honorary Parade Marshal Bob Feller, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and veteran of the USS Alabama in World War II will throw out the first pitch, meet fans and sign autographs at the Nationals baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC Sunday, May 24th as part of the run up to Monday’s parade. Despite being one of the game’s premier pitchers, Feller immediately enlisted in the Navy the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, serving in combat aboard the Alabama in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of the war. Feller will be at the Main Concourse at the new Nationals Park from the top of the 2nd inning until the bottom of the 4th inning.
“We are proud and honored to present this annual tribute to our military veterans,” said Jim Roberts, Chairman of the American Veterans Center. “The Memorial Day Parade is a chance for Washingtonians, guests, visitors and tourists to celebrate, thank, and honor our nation’s heroes.”
For nearly 70 years, the nation’s capital and headquarters of our military, was without a parade on our Armed Services’ most sacred day. In 2005, the American Veterans Center brought this great tradition back to Washington, DC by creating the National Memorial Day Parade.
To schedule interviews with parade organizers or parade marshals and participants, please call Tim Holbert at (703) 302-1012 ext. 220 or Cheri Jacobus at (202) 547-7458. For more information, visit www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com.
SOURCE American Veterans Center