Union High School Marching Bears performing in National Memorial Day Parade


Students in one part of Southwest Virginia are marching their way to the nation's capital. The Union High School marching band was chosen by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to represent the commonwealth in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington. "It's a huge honor because there's not a lot that comes from this area and I think we have a chance to showcase this area with the band," drum major Cassidy Holcomb said. They'll be playing stars and stripes forever. It's our country's official marching song. Members have been practicing the music in preparation for the big trip. "As I'm walking through the streets, I'm going to be thinking, 'this is the place where history has been made,'" saxophone player Matthew Rhoten said. "We probably will never get this opportunity again," band member Alyveiah Lomax said. "It's like a once-in-a-lifetime chance so it's really exciting." It's hard work, but members work together to accomplish something that will be seen by thousands. "It's just crazy to think we might be performing for the president or other country leaders and that's just a big deal for us," flute player Briana Litton said. So come Monday, the musicians will be hitting all the right notes, honoring our nation's veterans. If you'd like to watch the Union High School marching band in Monday's parade you can live stream it online at

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