The parade will step off at 12:00 pm and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street in Chicago.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be General Raymond T. Odierno, United States Army, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command. During the parade, Odierno will swear in new recruits representing many branches of service.

The General’s command focuses on supporting current operations while shaping U.S. forces for the future. He oversees USJFCOM's roles in joint concept development and experimentation, joint capability development, joint training, and force provision and management as outlined in the Department of Defense's Unified Command Plan. Prior to this, Odierno commanded Multi-National Force –Iraq and then U.S. Forces –Iraq. He oversaw the transition from surge to stability operations and directed the largest redeployment of forces and equipment in 40 years. He assumed command of MNF-I less than seven months after completing a 15-month deployment as commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

Have a safe Memorial day in Chicago!

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