2009 National Memorial Day Parade
System members, family and friends from U-Haul Company of Metro D.C. (Co. 818), U-Haul Company of Baltimore (Co. 820) and U-Haul Company of Northern Virginia (Co. 795) joined forces for the second year in a row to march in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade and pay tribute to the selfless heroes who gave their lives for America’s freedom.
Kicking off the parade as the lead entry, U-Haul hosted the United We Sing Troupe, who sang patriotic songs atop a special United We Stand float. In addition to the troupe, U-Haul had the honor of inviting singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood, creator of the well-known, patriotic song “God Bless the USA,” who also sang atop the float along the parade route.
During this year’s National Memorial Day Parade, U-Haul again showcased SuperGraphic trucks that pay homage to the five branches of our military – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride truck, which is dedicated to the brave men and women who have been injured during current conflicts around the World, also took part in the parade.
U-Haul System members, family and friends passed out American flags to the hundreds of patriotic veterans and civilians who lined the streets.
In addition to supporting the 2009 Memorial Day parade, Pat Goodwin, marketing company president (MCP), UHC of Metro D.C. (Co. 818), along with Henry Kotoriy, executive assistant (EA) UHC of Metro D.C. (Co. 818), and Chasity Brown, Osman Sesay, Della Cox and Chris Packer, all System members of UHC Metro D.C. (Co. 818), assisted the Memorial Day Foundation in placing 1,000 wreaths and bouquets of flowers on monuments around Washington, D.C. Goodwin and his team visited the Vietnam Wall Memorial, Korean Wall Memorial, the WWI and WWII memorials, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Nurses Memorial, the Women’s Veterans Memorial site and the 1st Infantry Division Memorial.