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Armed Forces Day parade set for downtown Lawton

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Downtown Lawton will play host to one of the nation’s largest Armed Forces Day parades on Saturday, May 21.

Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will head west on Southwest ‘C’ Avenue from 6th Street. It’ll turn north on Southwest 11th Street until reaching Northwest Ferris Avenue and ending. After the parade, however, Elmer Thomas Park will host a variety of family-friendly events from noon until midnight.

This year’s parade theme is “Legacy built on sacrifice,” and it’ll feature police department, fire departments, the Sullivan Village Unicyclists, multiple non-profit organizations, and of course, the 77th Army Band, soldiers, the Marine Corp League-Boomer Detachment, Fort Sill Color Guard, the Platoon Sergeant of the Year and many more.

After the parade, head over to Elmer Thomas Park where they’ll have 10 hours of live music, food trucks, a car show, face painting and even a barbecue competition among other activities.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May and was first observed on May 20, 1950. It was designed to honor America’s servicemen and women serving in the five branches of the U.S. military.

The 2015 Armed Forces Day parade was canceled due to inclement weather, but SkyWARN 7 meteorologist Zac Scott says Saturday should only be warm and humid with a bit of wind.

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