It is with a heavy heart that The City of Torrance had to cancel the long-time tradition of our Annual Armed Forced Day Parade and Celebration due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19. 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. However, in order to protect our community, safety must always be our 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.” And for the past 60 years, we’ve done just that.
Though we are unable to honor our military down Torrance Blvd., we can still show our support and gratitude by hanging flags in front of our homes, donating to the USO, sending care packages, writing a thank you note, and so much more. Join us May 15-17 as we continue to show our support and appreciation for the men and women of the United States Military.
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. We hope to continue our longtime tradition next year.