Armed Forces Day
May 21, 2011 by USA Post
Armed Forces Day, Independence Day fireworks display Torrance has failed as of this year, a victim of budget cuts in the city. Tournament venerable of the city of Roses Parade float could be as follows: The traditional entrance is funded only until the city’s centennial in 2012. And now that both the military and the city is tightening its budget for the 52nd annual today and the Armed Forces Parade Day Celebration raises the question of Torrance’s oldest events will become the next to retire.
It is possible, said Councilman Tom Brewer, chairman of the Armed Forces Day, who grew up in Torrance, marched in the parade as a child and has always regarded the event as a symbol of the community. “We’re cutting what was special Torrance,” lamented Brewer. “You hate to cut something that gives a soul and we’re taking away.
“This (parade) is not something anyone wants to cut. This parade has been through (budget) against the odds before. This is probably the most difficult two years, the parade is going to face.”
The court of the city and 30,000 from the budget of last year’s parade will pass and 81,400 in today’s event.
That’s less than the float Rose ($ 132,000) or the Fourth of July fireworks (and 115,000) cost to taxpayers.
The city has reduced costs for the parade by cuts in receptions and dinners usually held for participating troops, said Brewer. Much of the remaining budget is spent on accommodation for senior officials attending.
Similarly, the administration is undermining Obama in the military budget for the event.
“Last year the budget for the parade and 100,000,” said Brewer. “This year’s budget and 60,000 and next year’s budget is not fixed, but we are seeing the possibility that there will be no budget for next year.” Whether to end the parade is unclear. But at least it will – and already has to some extent – has changed the nature of a parade that is unique in the country.
Held in partnership with other weekend activities with military issues, the parade is unique in the United States to receive official approval from the Pentagon, the only others to do so are carried out by the Pentagon itself.
“The taste of the show is changing,” said Brewer. “One of the things that makes the show so special is that to get a lot of heavy equipment and we have lots of overpasses. We had a lot of things that really captures the imagination of children.
“We have the participation of active troops than before. Today we are seeing more groups of veterans in the parade.”
Brewer acknowledged that for some people, the parade and its participants can sometimes feel as if they had been dropped in the middle of a community, with protesters who have little connection to the city itself.
But he points out that, unlike the Memorial Day or Veterans Day, this is meant to be a celebration and recognition of active duty military personnel an opportunity to thank those who are serving now.
Financial issues the event has come at a time when the parade has never been more popular.
Attending the event from 52 years of age has fluctuated greatly in recent years, largely depending on the domestic popularity of overseas military operations in the nation.
However, from 9.11 – and this year marks the 10th anniversary of that terrible injury to the collective security of the nation – the crowds have been generally more than the figure of 100,000, police spokesman Lt. Steve D’Anjou Torrance he said.
With the recent assassination of Osama bin still fresh in the conscience of the nation Laden, parade organizers anticipate a flood of support from the community this year.
One sign: Tickets for two free military band were gone within 15 minutes of opening the box office on Wednesday.
“The 50 Th anniversary (the parade) was the most I’ve had since 9.11″, said D’Anjou. “With all the successes of the armed forces, we are anticipating a banner participation this year.”
Close ties to the South Bay over the decades to the aerospace industry and conservative political culture means that residents generally look kindly upon the armed forces.
On the morning of Friday, Andie Mace, a graduate of South High School who grew up with the parade, was the transmission of the tradition of weekend his daughter 2 years old, London, and her 4 year-old Cayden.
The trio was taken in the static displays of military equipment in Del Amo Fashion Center, which traditionally kicks off the weekend activities.
“You have to climb over everything and they are loving,” he said. “It’s exciting because we are learning and ask questions. It’s fun to see light.”
The reaction does not surprise D’Anjou.
“This parade is part of the structure of Torrance,” he said. “Torrance is as much as any other event that could be. We have some of the residents and patriotic military support anywhere.
“It makes you feel proud to be American to see the parade and I know these are the men and women who ensure our freedom for future generations,” he added.
But Brewer said the city would probably be forced to cut once again millions of its operating budget this month of June to precious events such as Armed Forces Day Parade is not considered untouchable.
Residents are encouraged to attend budget hearings next month for officials to know what programs and events are in favor of retention.
“This raises a larger question: What kind of city we want to be in the future,” he said. “We are on the cusp of the way in which the parade will be in the future.
“The challenge will be how we get past next year, when we have less than budget (the military).”
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