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Ancestry is hosting a virtual Memorial Day parade featuring Iraq War vet Dan Nevins and more

"Parade of Heroes" virtual Memorial Day parade presented by Ancestry.com. (Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com)
May 25, 2020

Although the global coronavirus pandemic has put an end to mass gatherings of all kinds, some are turning to virtual events to pay their respects. Genealogy giant Ancestry.com is going virtual with a Memorial Day parade to honor fallen heroes.

The “Parade of Heroes” event is an online event taking place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Beginning on Monday at 11 a.m. EST, a 45-minute live production will take place online, streaming on Ancestry’s Facebook page, and YouTube. The event will feature Iraq veteran Dan Nevins who lost both legs in an IED attack.

The event will also bring to life the stories of strength and hope through exclusive veteran interviews and special tributes.

Hosted by Emmy award-winning television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, the virtual parade will also feature a musical performance from Tori Kelly, a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter. Mario Lopez, Rob Lowe, and LL COOL J will also make appearances.

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Ancestry will also give viewers the opportunity to share their stories and meet others in the live community chat.

“There’s never been a more important time to honor our ancestors’ stories of triumph and to preserve the memory of WWII, one of the most significant events in world history,” said Margo Georgiadis, president and CEO of Ancestry, in a press release. “When we take time to learn about our ancestors, we give power to their stories and pay tribute to their service. We also can unlock inspiration to become stronger and more resilient ourselves. This Memorial Day, Ancestry is making it easier for people to discover their personal connections to the war, and commemorate those who served and sacrificed.”

Using the  #RememberAtHome and @Ancestry on Instagram and Facebook, users are encouraged to share their veteran’s story in a post on the social media platforms. Users who post those stories have the chance to be featured on Ancestry’s social media pages.

“We couldn’t be more honored to partner with Ancestry to bring to life stories of remembrance this Memorial Day,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, Wounded Warrior Project CEO. “Too many of the warriors we serve have personally experienced loss on and off the battlefield. Along with them, we humbly pay our respects to those heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“HISTORY is proud to join with Ancestry to honor the memory of those who have served us so well,” said Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, Lead Historian and Senior VP Corporate Outreach, A+E Networks. “During challenging times, we can all be inspired by remembering that every person who has served our nation has a powerful story that can shed light on the history we share and the future we will build together.”