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Torrance Honors Military with Annual Armed Forces Celebration

Spectators show their patriotic spirit during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Spectators show their patriotic spirit during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A joint services color guard leads off the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A joint services color guard leads off the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander, waves to the crowd during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander, waves to the crowd during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Various veteran groups march in the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Various veteran groups march in the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A member of the 100th/442nd Veterans Assoc. salutes the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17.  Seeing combat during World II, the unit was almost entirely comprised of Japanese American soldiers. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A member of the 100th/442nd Veterans Assoc. salutes the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. Seeing combat during World II, the unit was almost entirely comprised of Japanese American soldiers. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Antique military aircraft buzz the parade route during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Antique military aircraft buzz the parade route during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Soldiers from the 11th Army Calvary Regiment, stationed at Fort Irwin, Calif., drive a Bradley fighting vehicle down Torrance Blvd. during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. The Bradley and other vehicles were on display at Del Amo Mall.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Soldiers from the 11th Army Calvary Regiment, stationed at Fort Irwin, Calif., drive a Bradley fighting vehicle down Torrance Blvd. during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. The Bradley and other vehicles were on display at Del Amo Mall. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A marching unit from Los Angeles Air Force Base salutes the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A marching unit from Los Angeles Air Force Base salutes the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Spectators show their patriotic spirit during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Spectators show their patriotic spirit during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Former Army Sgt. Kyle White, a Medal of Honor recipient, walks towards the reviewing stand after exiting a convertible during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. Only the seventh living recipient of the medal, he was honored May 13 at a White House ceremony for saving the lives of soldiers in his unit during combat in Afghanistan. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Former Army Sgt. Kyle White, a Medal of Honor recipient, walks towards the reviewing stand after exiting a convertible during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. Only the seventh living recipient of the medal, he was honored May 13 at a White House ceremony for saving the lives of soldiers in his unit during combat in Afghanistan. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Delayed entry recruits are administered the oath of enlistment during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Delayed entry recruits are administered the oath of enlistment during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Members of the San Pedro High School JROTC pass by the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Members of the San Pedro High School JROTC pass by the reviewing stand during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Members of the first North Carolina Calvary Civil War re-enactors fire their rifles during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Members of the first North Carolina Calvary Civil War re-enactors fire their rifles during the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, May 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In its 55th year, the Torrance Armed Forces Day celebration showcased and honored the U.S. military with exhibits and a parade. The event kicked off May 16 with exhibits at Del Amo Mall. The Space and Missile Systems Center and the Air Force were represented with booths highlighting the center's various programs and its history.

On May 17, Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander; a LAAFB marching unit; and the San Pedro High School's JROTC represented the Air Force in the city's annual parade which featured flyovers, marching bands, veteran's groups, tanks and other military vehicles. During the parade, delayed entry recruits were sworn in by Navy Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, this year's military grand marshal.

The Torrance Armed Forces Day celebration is one of eight Armed Forces Day celebrations sanctioned by DoD. This year's honored service was the U.S. Navy.