The City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces at the 58 annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade – the City’s longest standing tradition – from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21.
The parade features active and reserve military units from the five branches of the Armed Forces. The parade will also include military vehicles of all descriptions including Humvees, armored personnel carriers, support vehicles and Abrams Battle Tanks rumbling down the streets of Torrance.
Additionally, a swearing in of hundreds of future military heroes (recruits) from the five branches will take place. Military and elected dignitaries, along with the community, will also be honoring the hundreds of military service men and women as they pass in review.
Throughout the weekend, the following events will occur in the city as part of the celebration:
Military Exhibits: Vehicles and support equipment on display outside the Life Style Wing in the east parking lot at the Del Amo Fashion Center.
Free Concert: The 300th Army Band will perform for free at the James Armstrong Theatre on Friday, May 19 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the Box Office on Wednesday, May 17 beginning at 10 am. There is a limit of four tickets per adult (18+). Ticket holders must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to concert time. There will be a line available for empty seats beginning 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start times.
5K Run: Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/ Walk, in tribute to Louis Zamperini, touring around beautiful Torrance, California on Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. All participants will receive an Armed Forces Day run t-shirt. Presented by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce.
Parade: Parade will begin on May 21 at 1:30 pm and run westbound along Torrance Boulevard starting at Crenshaw Boulevard and ending at City Hall. The community is invited to gather along the parade route and cheer for our sons, daughters, friends, husbands and wives who have been called to duty in defense of our nation’s beliefs and principles and to secure a more peaceful world.