The National Memorial Day Parade brings attention to current military service members as well as retired veterans. The parade also allows the country to engage with the men and women who have served.
James Roberts, President of the American Veterans Center, says that although the direct connection between people and war is not as apparent, it is still important for the country to honor those who have served. He also believes that while Gary Sinise, Trace Atkins, and Joe Mantegna will be present at the parade, the focus should remain on the military.
Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will march in the parade.
The parade will begin Memorial Day on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th street in Northwest D.C. at 2 p.m.