In an effort to ensure the safety of participants of the 2015 Armed Forces Day Parade, the route has been altered to avoid the continued construction on Fort Sill Boulevard.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m., heading west on C Avenue from 6th Street, before turning north on 11th Street. The participants will then turn east onto the westbound lanes on Gore Boulevard and continue east until returning to 6th. The route will then turn north on 6th and continue its path to Ferris Avenue. From there, the parade will head eastbound before turning into Elmer Thomas Park at the entrance on 3rd Street.

Billed in years past as the largest Armed Forces Day parade in the nation, more than 100 participants are set to march in Lawton Fort Sill’s procession. With the theme for the event set as “We Will Not Forget,” bands, community and business floats, military officials and veterans will unite in tribute to the men and women who have served our nation, past and present. This showing of solidarity helps to renew the community’s support for our local soldiers, as well as soldiers serving abroad.

The luncheon will precede the parade, taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Maj. Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (ret) will be the guest speaker to kick off the weekend’s festivities.

Parade entry forms remain available at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 302 W Gore Blvd, and will be accepted up to May 12.

For more information on the luncheon or parade, contact Jacob Russell, Tourism Director, at (580) 355-3541