Memorial Day Parade to Honor Iraq War Generation


The National Memorial Day Parade Presented by Boeing today announced this year’s parade will pay special tribute to the Iraq War generation.  President Obama announced the end of the Iraq conflict at the end of December 2011.  However, with troops still deployed in Afghanistan, officials have decided against holding a traditional “welcome home” parade for Iraq war veterans in Washington or New York in the near future.  Therefore the 2012 National Memorial Day Parade will pick up the mantle and honor the service and sacrifice of this generation of American heroes, and invites all veterans of the war to participate in honor of their fallen comrades.  The Parade will take place Monday, May 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets NW.  

This very first special public tribute in Washington to the service and sacrifice of the Iraq War generation following the end of the war will feature hundreds of active duty troops and military bands, Gold Star families of the fallen, and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation New Dawn. 

“We can understand why, with troops still deployed in harm’s way, that the Administration and the Pentagon would choose not to hold a traditional ticker-tape parade for Iraq War veterans at this time,” said James C. Roberts, president of the American Veterans Center, which founded and organizes the parade.  “However, as a veteran of Vietnam, I saw first-hand how my comrades were treated when they returned home, and how their sacrifices were ignored.   With the National Memorial Day Parade, we are determined to provide a dignified and proper tribute where the public can come together and thank Iraq War veterans, and more importantly remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.” 

The parade will also feature a moving timeline of American military history, honoring the sacrifice of American heroes from the American Revolution to the present day.  Nearly 300,000 Americans are expected in what has become the nation’s largest Memorial Day event. The parade will include musical entertainers, celebrity military supporters, veterans groups, and uniformed military personnel from around the country. 


The parade was founded in 2005 and organized by the American Veterans Center, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel.  The 2012 National Memorial Day Parade is presented by Boeing, with additional support from the parade’s official print partner, The Washington Examiner, and the official radio partner, WTOP.  You can find more information at


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