Area Men March in National Memorial Day Parade

6:3:16 area men in natl memorial day paradeWASHINGTON, D.C. (EYT) — Two local soldiers who served in the Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, marched in the Washington D.C. Memorial Day parade on Monday.

Greg Sanchez and Barry Shilling, both 1988 graduates of Redbank Valley High School, served in the Gulf War with the U.s. Army, which lasted from August 2, 1990, to February 28, 1991.

Sanchez is from Daphne, Alabama, and Shiling is from Falls Creek.

This year commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Gulf War.

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C., shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations.

The parade, commemorating its twelfth year, is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

The National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day.

It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades, going back to the beginning of the holiday just after the Civil War, to create a family friendly event aimed at calling attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes.


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