American Valor Quarterly Issue 3 - Summer 2008 - Page 6

As previously mentioned, the National Memorial Day Parade was televised to homes and military bases worldwide on the Pentagon Channel. Not only did this allow for millions of Americans to share in the parade festivities, it also helped to further spotlight the tremendous stories of the parade participants and bring focus to the meaning and importance of the holiday. Pictured left, American Veterans Center President James C. Roberts is interviewed by the host of the parade broadcast Paul McKellips. Clips of the parade telecast can be seen on the parade’s website at www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com. “Thank you for your service” is something that we should all be sure to tell a veteran on days like Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The National Memorial Day Parade is a chance for hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans to gather to do just that. Sometimes, just a simple handshake is all that is necessary to let a veteran know how grateful we are for what they have done for us. The National Memorial Day Parade is a marching timeline of American military history. From fife and drum corps and reenactors of soldiers from the American Revolution and Civil War to the veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to the active duty service members of today, the parade seeks to honor those who served in all eras of American military history. Of course, amid the celebrations, we should never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day - remembering those who have fallen in service to our country. This is their day, and we should remember to pause and reflect on their sacrifice. At exactly 3:00 PM, the parade paused to observe the National Moment of Remembrance (right). The 250,000 spectators were asked to remain silent, as taps was played and bells were rung in honor of the fallen. After a few minutes of silence, the parade resumed. AMERICAN VALOR QUARTERLY - Summer 2008 - 6