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The Stanley Cup returns to the South Bay

Sorry, for the delay; it has been a busy week. These photos were taken Wednesday on Pier Avenue where it meets The Strand as the Los Angeles Kings brought the Stanley Cup back to Hermosa Beach for the second time in as many years. Unlike last year when the parade basically went down Pier Avenue from the fire department to the plaza, this year’s parade began at the Redondo Beach Police Department and ended in Manhattan Beach. Continue reading

Torrance 54th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade

On Saturday, Torrance held their 54th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the longest running military parade sponsored by any city in the United States. Prior to the event I was reading about how much smaller the parade would be this year due to budget constraints as a result of the sequester. This was my third time attending the parade in the last few years, and while there were slight changes this year, I cannot say that there were not similar cutbacks prior to the sequester. Either way, it was a fun event for the entire family and Torrance Boulevard was packed with spectators for the entire length of the parade route.

In addition to a few flyovers by World War I and II military planes, there were a couple special events. One was recognition given to the Montford Point Marine Association, which were the first African Americans to enlist in the United States Marine Corps; putting up with racial discrimination in order to serve our country. In addition, there was a mass swearing-in ceremony of about 500 young adults to various branches of the military. 14 year old, Adam Wolf, who is wheelchair bound was also sworn in as an honorary member of the US Military. Adam’s wish was made possible through the Make a Wish Foundation. Continue reading

Division II, Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

These photos are of Division II till the end, of the 2012 Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade. These photos begin with the North High School Saxon Regiment and Color Guard. Parade entries include several ROTC and JROTC’s; as well as Navy and Coast Guard floats. My alma mater, Bishop Montgomery, returned to the parade with one of the more entertaining high school marching bands I have seen in a while. Also included in this group of photos are the Torrance Torrettes and the 1st North Carolina Cavalry Civil War Re-enactors.

The watermark was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, the only charity for those suffering from RA. Continue reading

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