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Celebration of Military Service in Downtown Tacoma

Celebration of Military Service in Downtown Tacoma

June 11, 2013


Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Maria Lee, Media and Communications, maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2054


Celebration of Military Service Parade to take place in downtown Tacoma on Aug. 24
Inaugural Event Presented by The Daffodil Festival and the City of Tacoma


Preparations are underway as the Daffodil Festival partners with the City of Tacoma to pay tribute to Pierce County's sizeable active duty and retired military population. Together, they will host the first Celebration of Military Service Parade in downtown Tacoma on the evening of Aug. 24.


"Joint Base Lewis McChord is the largest military installation on the west coast, and Tacoma should have an annual celebration to honor our active duty and retired military personnel and their families," said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. "This is a great way for us to express our appreciation and remind the community of all the great things our city has to offer."


There are more than 44,000 active duty personnel at Joint Base Lewis McChord, which is Pierce County’s largest employer with a total base population of more than 100,000.


The parade will spotlight notable active duty and retired military personnel, and feature marching units, community floats, select high school bands, Reserve Officers' Training Corps and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps units, veterans' organizations, motorcycle units and veterans' groups.


Details – including exact times, parade routes and road closures – are still under development, and will be announced soon.


The Daffodil Festival has secured financial commitments from three sponsors at this time – the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State Fair.


“This is a fantastic opportunity for The Daffodil Festival to use its talents and resources to help recognize active duty and retired military personnel," said Daffodil Festival Executive Director Steve James. "It is important for people in Pierce County to celebrate service. We are thankful that the Tacoma City Council has the confidence in our organization to be responsible for such an important event.” 


Event updates and application instructions can be found at thedaffodilfestival.org or contact Steve James at (253) 840-4194.