Armed Forces Day

May 20, 1950 was the first Armed Forces Day celebrated. It was a day in tribute to the men and women who served and Tacoma got into the swing of things with a PARADE!

Take a look at these 2 pictures from the Northwest Room’s Image Archive they were from the first parade held.

This was units of a segregated U.S. Army Troop. It was a mixed military parade made up of Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. All together over 6000 military Personnel participated in the first parade in Tacoma the City of Destiny.