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TORRANCE, Calif., March 18, 2020- It is with a heavy heart that The City of Torrance announces that the 2020 Armed Forced Day Parade and Celebration scheduled for May 15-17 will be cancelled due to COVID-19.
Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 and its potential to adversely affect the military, community and its visitors, the City believes that by cancelling the 61st Annual Armed Forces Day Parade, we can play a proactive role in helping to slow and reduce the number of cases within our community.
The Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade and Celebration has always been a weekend in which the community, visitors, and military come together to honor our nation's men and women of the military forces that have defended our country, insured our freedom, and upheld the beliefs and principles that this great nation was built on. The City of Torrance emphasize that the safety of all has, and will always will be priority.
The Torrance legacy of the Armed Forces Day celebration began under the leadership of Mayor Albert Isen in 1960 and has grown throughout the years to be considered a Southern California tradition. According to Mayor Isen, the parade was to "increase public respect and understanding for military service and promote civic-military relationships.”
The City thanks The Armed Forces Day Parade and Celebration Planning Committee which includes representatives from all military branches and City staff for all of the hard work they put into this year’s event.