Nationís Largest Memorial Day Event to be Televised on WDFX FOX 34Matt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 09 2017 12:10 PM
Dothan, AL – WDFX Fox 34 will carry the television broadcast of the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. live at 1pm central 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.
Grand Marshals of the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade include Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, acclaimed filmmakers whose iconic films include The Civil War, The Roosevelts, and the forthcoming The Vietnam War, as well as 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Air Force General Richard Myers, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Joining will be Tony Award winning actor Joe Mantegna, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, celebrity chef & U.K. Royal Navy veteran Robert Irvine, with a musical performance by Chris Daughtry, in addition to messages to our troops from Toby Keith, with many others to come.
“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.