Participants in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally ride past Arlington Memorial Bridge ahead of Memorial Day in Washington. (AP)
Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, while also honoring those who serve today. From coast to coast, check out the three largest Memorial Day celebrations that patriotically commemorate the holiday.
The National Memorial Day Parade
Here are your marching orders: make your way to Constitution Ave. from 2-4pm today to experience the nation's largest Memorial Day event, The National Memorial Parade.— Renaissance DC (@RenDC_Downtown) May 28, 2018
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Held annually along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., the National Memorial Day Parade is "our nation’s largest Memorial Day event" with over 250,000 spectators gathering in the National Mall area to show support for our armed forces while cheering on parade floats, youth groups, marching bands and more. Organized by the American Veterans Center & World War II Veterans Committee, the May 28 event is in its 14th year running.
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Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
Did you know? There are several Memorial Day parades in NYC. One of the largest is the Little Neck–Douglaston Parade and one of the oldest is the Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade, which is 151 years old and counting. pic.twitter.com/X8YgAces06— GL Student Travel (@GLStudentTravel) May 15, 2018
Billed as one of the biggest Memorial Day festivities in the nation, nearly 10,000 people march in the New York parade organized by a group of local volunteers. The Little Neck-Douglaston event has been held every Memorial Day since 1927, rain or shine.
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade
People participate in Memorial Day Parade in U.S. Chicago to commemorate soldiers who died in military service pic.twitter.com/dV5bo57FJW— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 26, 2018
Held this year ahead of the holiday on May 26, Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade is one of the largest of its kind. The event began with a morning Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza, with veteran’s groups, bands and more then proudly marching south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Various Memorial Day parades and celebrations have been held in Chicago since 1870, by the city's account.
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