City, Sill set to celebrate
This year marks the golden anniversary of one of the biggest Armed Forces Day parades in the U.S.
Naturally the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, the City of Lawton and Fort Sill will be going all out to celebrate this milestone. In addition to the parade, city officials will unveil the street sign proclaiming South 11th Street to be "Heroes Boulevard" and there will be a huge shindig going on in Elmer Thomas Park from the time the parade is over until 10 p.m. Saturday.
More than 90 parade entries and military vehicles will appear in the parade, said Chamber Tourism Director Tanna Vu.
Altus Air Force Base will join in the festivities by sending 80-100 airmen to march in the parade. All three Lawton high schools will have their marching bands and Junior ROTC cadets in the parade. Also back this year are the ever-popular unicyclists of Park Lane Elementary School, the 77th Army Band, princesses, Boy Scouts, riding clubs, first responders and political candidates.
Fort Sill's Directorate of Museum Services will have 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.