The 64th annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington, was held on May 19, Saturday.
The parade was witnessed by more than 40,000 active-duty service members, retirees, and civilians, as the city of Bremerton pays tribute yet again to military Veterans. The event brought together more than 140 groups, consisting of active-duty service members and retired Veterans, politicians, business representatives, and students from the local community.
Cris Larson, chairman of the Armed Forces Festival in Bremerton, shared: “This year’s parade had some of the most poignant moments with some of the highest of highs going right next to the most deepest feelings of respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Service members joined in the parade, with some of them marching in the ranks and hoisting flags, while others rode on various military vehicles, as spectators looked on, cheered, and applauded them. Some combat Veterans also rode in formation on Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Lynn Farmer, a Bremerton local, shared: “I’ve been coming to the parade since I was a kid, and I love it… I love how it brings everybody together in a worry-free environment full of good times and positive memories.”
Capt. Pete Dawson, commanding officer, Naval Base Kitsap, on the other hand, shared: “This is great to see the community show their support for the military, but more importantly, it’s good for everyone to be able to come together to enjoy such a wonderful spectacle.”
Larson also shared: “It was truly breathtaking and moving to see so much love given from the people of Bremerton.”