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May 24, 2014

Television: Union band to march in holiday parade in D.C.

NEW CASTLE — The Union High marching band will be part of the National Memorial Day Parade  on Monday in Washington D.C.

The event will be televised on the cable channel Reelz, beginning at 2 p.m. Reelz is Channel 161 on Comcast, 238 on DirecTV and 299 on Dish Network.

The band will be marching as a tribute to Army SSG Edward Mills Jr. on the third anniversary of his death. Mills, a Union High graduate, was a member of the 101st Airborne Ranger Pathfinders. He was killed May 26, 2011, while on foot patrol in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. He was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East.

The band is under the direction of Mark A. Godwin.

The National Memorial Day Parade was launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, the parade has been televised and broadcast live to U.S. troops stationed around the globe. It is the largest Memorial Day event in the nation.

This year’s event will feature musical performers and celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, including Pat Sajak, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Miss America.

The parade begins at at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street,  and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

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