By Gary P Jackson
Paying Tribute to Our Veterans and Fallen Heroes: For nearly 70 years, Washington, DC was without a parade on our Armed Services’ most sacred day. In 2005, the AVC brought the tradition of a Memorial Day parade back to our nation’s capital. The National Memorial Day Parade attracts nearly 300,000 spectators with millions watching on TV around the nation. It’s a testament to America’s desire to recognize the service and sacrifice of our service members. The parade serves two vital civic purposes: It allows the general public to honor our service members as well as pay tribute to veterans of the American Revolution to the present. Active duty military troops, veterans, and reenactors showcase the sacrifice of all our veterans in an exciting procession of American history the whole family can enjoy.