(WTVM) - WTVM News Leader 9 will carry the television broadcast of the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. LIVE at 2:00p/1:00c on Monday, May 29, 2017.
The broadcast is a partnership between Raycom Media and The American Veterans Center. The annual event will air in all 44 Raycom Media markets and worldwide to service members watching on American Forces Network.
The National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history, sharing the story of American service and sacrifice from the Revolution to present day conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
An expected crowd of more than a quarter million Americans will line the National Mall to watch thousands of participants, including veterans & active duty military personnel, historical re-enactors, marching bands, musical performers and celebrity supporters of our troops.
"The National Memorial Day Parade is a powerful commemoration of the men and women who have given their lives for this nation, those who serve or have served our nation," said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media President and CEO. "It is an honor to join with the American Veterans Center to bring this event to our viewers."
Raycom Media stations serve the military in over 30 different communities, including all main branches and reaching more than half a million armed service members and civilian personnel.
"We are honored to partner with Raycom Media to bring the National Memorial Day Parade to Americans across the country," said James C. Roberts, president of the American Veterans Center. "The parade was created to help call attention to the true meaning of the holiday, honoring and remembering our fallen heroes, and commemorating the American spirit and the sacrifices of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve."
The American Veterans Center inaugurated the National Memorial Day Parade in 2005. It has since grown into a fantastic tradition for Washington. D.C. and the entire viewing nation.