Gen. Omar Bradley views Torrance parade
May 17, 1969: U.S. Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley reviews troops at the annual Armed Forces Day parade in Torrance. An estimated 150,000 persons watched more than 7,000 marchers. The day also was marked by ceremonies at several Southland bases.
This Ray Graham photo accompanied a story by staff writer Julian Hartt in the May 18, 1969, Los Angeles Times:
Large crowds, military parades and speech making Saturday marked Armed Forces Day in Southern California.
In Torrance, an estimated 150,000 persons turned out for the annual Armed Forces Day parade, which was highlighted by a tribute paid the late President Dwight Eisenhower by General of the Army Omar N. Bradley. …
Everywhere Saturday, military installations throughout the Southland celebrated the day with demonstrations of military ordnance and space equipment, open houses, displays and concerts.
In the Torrance observance, claimed to be the nation’s largest civic-sponsored military parade, 7,000 persons – marching to the cadence of high school and military bands and drill teams – filed down the two-mile parade route on Torrance Blvd.
At the reviewing stand, Gen. Bradley – the parade’s grand marshal and the nation’s only surviving five-star general – told the crowd that Gen. Eisenhower was a man “devoted to duty, honor and to his country … His legacy of honor remains with us in our determination to keep out country strong and great.”
The parade went off smoothly, without incident or protest. …
During World War II, Gen. Bradley commanded 43 divisions, about 1.3 million men, in France. He later served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1949-1953. Gen. Bradley passed away on April 8, 1981.
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