Veteran groups to participate in Trump inaugural parade

Veteran groups to participate in Trump inaugural parade
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Several veterans service organizations will participate in the presidential inaugural parade next month, President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's inaugural committee announced Friday.  

Those groups include American Veterans (AmVets), Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Wounded Warrior Project, according to the committee. Those groups did not participate in inaugural parades for President Obama, according to previous lineups, although other veterans groups marched in Obama's inauguration.

“People from every corner of the country have expressed great interest in President-elect Trump’s inauguration and look forward to continuing a salute to our republic that spans more than two centuries,” said committee CEO Sara Armstrong.  

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“As participants follow in the footsteps of our new president and vice president down Pennsylvania Avenue, they will be adding their names to the long list of Americans who have honored our country by marching in the inaugural parade,” she said.

The committee said there will be more than 8,000 parade participants representing 40 organizations, including high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders and veterans groups.

The U.S. Border Patrol Pipes & Drums will also participate in the parade. The group participated in the 2009 parade for Obama, but not in 2013. 

An NBC4 Washington report earlier this month said no marching bands from schools in the Washington, D.C., area have applied to perform in the parade, despite at least one band from the capital's public school system marching in the past five inaugural parades.

"We are honored to have been invited by the Inaugural Committee to participate in the parade and are humbled to represent this generation of wounded veterans who have sacrificed so much for this country," the Wounded Warrior Project said in a statement to The Hill.

The list released by the committee on Friday did not include any D.C.-area public school marching bands.  

According to the list, participants include: 

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas

1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. Riley, Kansas

Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky

Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia

Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio

Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida

Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana

Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana

First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion - Fishburne, Virginia

Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia

Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana

Kids Overseas – Richmond Hill, Georgia

Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas

Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York

Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California

Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan

Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York

North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina

NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York

Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois

Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida

Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas

Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama

Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas

The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina

The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado

Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia

Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi

University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee

VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia

West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana

American Veterans - National

Boy Scouts of America - National

US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations - National

Disabled American Veterans - National

US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National

Wounded Warriors [Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America] - National 

Updated: 5:13 p.m.