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World War I represented at 2017 National Memorial Day Parade

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

Dave Lockard in his beautiful 1918 Packard military truckDave Lockard in his beautiful 1918 Packard military truck during the Washington, DC Memorial Day parade in 2014.Our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, The National Memorial Day Parade will take place along Constitution Avenue in Washington DC, from 2-4 PM this Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017. The parade, held annually, is organized by the American Veterans Center & World War II Veterans Committee. It is now celebrating its 13th year.

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission will be cheering on the volunteers who will represent the American veterans of World War I. These volunteers include:

  • Dave Lockard, driving his beautiful 1918 Packard military truck.
  • David Shuey, living history actor, portraying General John Pershing mounted on horseback.
  • The Young Marines JROTC students of West Palm Beach FL, who will be dressed out in doughboy uniforms, carrying parade banners and flags.

The parade will be aired live on local televisions stations across the country, starting at Monday, May 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM Pacific. A full list of stations can be found here. The Parade will also be streamed live by and YouTube.

The National Memorial Day Parade shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. The parade, commemorating its thirteenth year, is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.David Shuey on Aura Lee in NYC for 2016 Vets Day Parade 800David Shuey as General Pershing on his horse Aura Lee in NYC for 2016 Veterans Day Parade.

The National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day. It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades, going back to the beginning of the holiday just after the Civil War, to create a family friendly event aimed at calling attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes.