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Armed Forces Day Parade set Saturday

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 50th anniversary of presenting the Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday.

Well over 90 parade entries have been received and more are pouring in, according to Chamber Tourism Director Tanna Vu. That doesn't include military vehicles from Fort Sill.

Somewhere from 80 to 100 airmen will be coming from Altus Air Force Base to participate. All three Lawton high schools will have their marching bands and Junior ROTC cadets in the parade, and the ever-popular unicyclists of Parklane Elementary School will be back. Princesses, Boy Scouts, riding clubs, first responders and political candidates will be part of the mix.

"We've got some new people, which is great," Vu said.

Among them, Fort Sill's Directorate of Museum Services will be bringing vehicles from wars past. Antique tractors and cars are also coming, along with a number of motorcycle groups riding in honor of those who have served.

There will be a float contest this year. Floats will be judged on theme, presentation and quality. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded in each category as well as a Premier Award for the best overall.

Due to the number of entries, floats need should be in place by no later than 8 a.m. Saturday in order to be judged, Vu said. Entries not being judged must be in place by no later than 9:30 a.m.

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