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The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Military Order of the Purple Heart float in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart float in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands applauds during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands applauds during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Chef Robert Irvine, a British Royal Navy veteran, rides on the TAPS float during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Chef Robert Irvine, a British Royal Navy veteran, rides on the TAPS float during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Young spectators at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Young spectators at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Strip)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
World War II veterans ride in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
World War II veterans ride in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Actor Joe Mantegna rides with a World War II veteran in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Actor Joe Mantegna rides with a World War II veteran in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Washington, D.C. Police honor guard marches in the National Memorial Day Parade, May 27, 2019.
The Washington, D.C. Police honor guard marches in the National Memorial Day Parade, May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors from the Boston-berthed USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, march in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2019.
Sailors from the Boston-berthed USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, march in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Strip)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Strip)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Football coaching legend Lou Holtz shakes hands with a military legend, Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton, before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Football coaching legend Lou Holtz shakes hands with a military legend, Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton, before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Quaid and James — actor Dennis Quaid and Canadian singer-songwriter Jamie James — perform at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Quaid and James — actor Dennis Quaid and Canadian singer-songwriter Jamie James — perform at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Singer Justin Moore performs in front of the National Archives before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Singer Justin Moore performs in front of the National Archives before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Singer Justin Moore performs at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Singer Justin Moore performs at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Strip)
Singer Justin Moore performs at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Singer Justin Moore performs at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Park Service float spotlights some local landmarks for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Park Service float spotlights some local landmarks for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Mark Elrod, who was part of the Old Guard's Fife and Drum Corps years ago, talks with current members before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Mark Elrod, who was part of the Old Guard's Fife and Drum Corps years ago, talks with current members before the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Benjamin Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Ed Shames of the famous World War II Band of Brothers was among the honored guests at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Ed Shames of the famous World War II Band of Brothers was among the honored guests at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
Getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019. (Ben Bateman/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — Thousands of spectators lined Constitution Avenue in the nation's capital Monday to pay tribute to the past and present U.S. military in the National Memorial Day Parade.

Modern-day servicemembers were joined by marchers in period uniforms dating back to the Revolutionary War. Between them were floats and other vehicles carrying the parade's grand marshals — World War II veterans — as well as Medal of Honor recipients, celebrities, and representatives of such groups as Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS), the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. High school bands from around the country took advantage of the opportunity to take part in a storied, televised event.

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