05/27/2013 07:59 pm ET | Updated May 28, 2013

National Memorial Day Parade 2013: Veterans Honored With Parade, Stars In Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

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WASHINGTON -- Veterans were celebrated on Monday afternoon at the eighth annual National Memorial Day Parade.

One of this year's highlights was honorary grand marshal, Redskins quarterback, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and groom-to-be Robert Griffin III. The athlete rode in a car with his parents, U.S. Army veterans Robert Griffin, Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin.

Check out some scenes from the 2013 parade -- story continues below:

National Memorial Day Parade

The yearly tradition honors American veterans of all wars. The 2013 event had a special focus on some major anniversaries: World War II's 70th, the Korean War's 60th and the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary.

Special guests this year included "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, Army veteran, "Dancing With The Stars" winner and would-be script-writer J.R. Martinez, country star Trace Adkins and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan.

Previous year's parades have drawn over 250,000 spectators to Constitution Ave. NW.

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