Classic Cars Lead National Memorial Day Parade


Once again, the Classic Car Club of America was invited to provide the “lead cars” for the Grand Marshals of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. Coordinated by the CCCA Education Foundation, this year’s line up included ten Full Classics® from the Chesapeake Region of the CCCA and two from the Ohio Region of the CCCA. As in the past, the focus is to provide pre-World War II “open cars” primarily to escort veterans of the World War II along the parade route in downtown Washington.

In addition to providing Full Classic® parade cars for the veterans, CCCA member Jim Cowin was asked to have Honorary Parade Marshal Senator Elizabeth Dole ride in his 1937 Cadillac 75 series limo convertible. And, three other Honorary Parade Marshals rode in Dave Johnson’s 1937 Lincoln Willoughby Touring Car – they were designated by the President as “All American Hero’s” for having incapacitated an Islamic terrorist onboard a train near Paris, France, saving the lives of 600 passengers. Clint Eastwood made a movie starring these three young men, “The 15:17 to Paris”.

Driving a Pre-World War II Full Classic®in the National Memorial Day Parade has become a Memorial Day tradition for those that participate. If anybody would like to join in on this some year, contact Dave Johnson, President of the CCCA Education Foundation, for details on how to be included. Driving up Constitution Avenue, in the very front of the parade, past the Washington Monument and the White House, among thousands and thousands of well wishers along the streets, is one thrilling experience.

The parade is founded and organized by the American Veterans Center (AVC) a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel. The National Memorial Day Parade is held annually in Washington D.C. To learn more about the American Veterans Center, visit