For those of you who attended any of the many events associated with the Armed Forces Day Celebration this past weekend, I know you would agree with me when I say, “I am so proud to live in the City of Torrance.” This experience truly instills a respect for country and demonstrates appreciation for the sacrifices the men and women of the armed forces have made to secure our freedoms.
The City of Torrance is one of the few cities in the nation designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to host an Armed Forces Day celebration with the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade as a highlight. The Parade has the distinction of being the nation’s longest running military parade sponsored by any city.
This rich tradition began in 1960; Mayor Al Isen, with the help of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, organized the first parade as a tribute to friends and fellow American who had served in the Armed Forces.
This year, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an Armed Forces 5K Run/Walk that kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with an inspirational welcome from General Robert B. Abrams, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command. A highlight for many participants was the 5K was started with the firing of a cannon.
As I walked through the expo, it was evident that everyone was enjoying themselves. Runners/walkers included all age groups, many dressed in red, white and blue and carrying American flags. Several military branches participated in the 5K which added to the significance of the event.
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host this event and looks forward to it becoming an annual event. There are many businesses and organizations that made this year’s Armed Forces 5K Run/Walk a reality. I would like to take an opportunity to express our appreciation to: the City of Torrance Police Department, UCLA Health, Village Runner, PBF Energy, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Sunrider International, Alcoa Fastening Systems and Rings, Pelican Products, Jon’s Markets, Smart & Final, Alpine Electronics and DJ Ozzie. A special thank you to Assembly member David Hadley for providing a warm welcome and for running the race. Additionally, appreciation is extended to Torrance City Council members Heidi Ashcraft, Mike Griffiths, Kurt Weideman, Geoff Rizzo and Tim Goodrich for participating in the opening ceremonies.
by Donna Duperron
Donna is the President & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Do you have questions about or concerns for business in Torrance? Donna would like to know. Feel free to contact her at any time.