Each year on Veterans Day weekend in Washington DC, Historic Programs honors our veterans through the Parade of Heroes. This musical tribute begins on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Music and wreath laying ceremonies honor veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars. A processional led by Marching Bands and JROTC Cadets then begins from the Lincoln Memorial to the DC War Memorial for another performance and then on to the World War II Memorial. An official wreath laying ceremony and concert takes place at each memorial to pay tribute to our veterans by remembering the sacrifice of those who fought to preserve freedom. Your students will step out of the classroom and into history as they hear first hand accounts from those who served and helped to preserve the freedom that each of us enjoy today. Your band or choir will perform for our veterans, officials, and citizens and visitors of Washington D.C. Your performance will do much to share the spirit of a grateful nation as only music can.
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
Korean War Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was dedicated on July 27, 1995. The memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War. The War was one of the most hard fought in our history. During its relatively short duration from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, 36,574 Americans died in hostile actions in the Korean War theater. Of these, 8,200 are listed as missing in action or lost or buried at sea. In addition, 103,284 were wounded during the conflict.
Vietnam War Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. The Memorial is dedicated to honor the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of all who answered the call to serve during one of the most divisive wars in U.S. history.