Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. honors America’s heroes (includes video story)

On Sunday, the twentieth National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. brought thousands to Constitution Avenue to honor those who sacrificed everything for the country. 

Attendees watched music performances, speeches and bands march along the National Mall. This year, the parade was led by surviving heroes of World War II, who honored the upcoming eightieth anniversary of D-Day on June 6. 

Veterans were also able to share their war experiences. Dennis Cardwell, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served in Vietnam, was one of many who told their stories.

“[I got] blown up in a truck a long time ago and lost three of my buddies that were killed,” said Cardwell. “There were six others who were seriously wounded.”

He said he was lucky to come back home because many others did not. 

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