HomeNASANationwide Memorial Day Parade honored Apollo astronauts in US capital (video)

Nationwide Memorial Day Parade honored Apollo astronauts in US capital (video)

Three Apollo lunar module pilots have been joined by an lively member of the U.S. astronaut corps and a former NASA administrator as they helped lead the Nationwide Memorial Day Parade in the present day (Might 29) in Washington, D.C..

Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke and Apollo 17 geologist Harrison Schmitt have been honored as this yr’s grand marshals. The three “Legends of Apollo” have been accompanied by Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, a shuttle mission specialist and area station commander who helps to guide NASA’s return to the moon as a part of the Artemis program. 

“What moments in historical past have impressed us greater than the Apollo missions to the moon?” stated Tim Holbert, president of the American Veterans Heart, which organizes the annual Nationwide Memorial Day parade. “As we bear in mind these misplaced, honor those that have come earlier than and encourage new generations to attempt ahead, there aren’t any higher dwelling symbols to highlight than the legends of Apollo. It’s a super honor to have them with us.”

Apollo astronauts Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt and Rusty Sweickar on a float in the National Memorial Day Parade.

Apollo astronauts Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt and Rusty Sweickart be a part of lively NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik on the grand marshals float within the Nationwide Memorial Day Parade on Monday, Might 29, 2023 in Washington, D.C.. (Picture credit score: American Veterans Heart)

Former NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, a four-time area shuttle astronaut, additionally spoke earlier than the beginning of the parade.

“We’d lose the valiant Apollo 1 crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee in a dreadful fireplace within the crew module on the launch pad on January 27 1967, only a month previous to their scheduled launch. They’re among the many 1000s of servicemen and girls we have a good time and bear in mind on this solemn Memorial Day,” stated Bolden. “Regardless of the setback, nevertheless, we’d go on to launch the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and land Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar floor on July 20 1969, fulfilling President Kennedy’s promise of touchdown on the moon earlier than the top of the last decade.”



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