May 15, 1965 –

Blue skies were the order of the day as the annual Armed Forces Day parade was held in downtown Scranton.
The parade stepped off at 11am on the order of parade chief of staff, Lt. Col. John E. McDonald. The parade’s marshal was Col. John Remetta, commander of the 3rd Brigade, 28th Infantry.
In addition to soldiers from each of the branches of the military, there were nine marching bands, rolling displays of military hardware such as a 106mm recoilless rifle and other large pieces of artillery, a Nike Ajax surface-to-air missile and several floats including one featuring a complete Army field kitchen.
Parade organizer estimated that 12,000 people lined the streets of downtown Scranton to witness the parade.


Here are more images from our archives dealing with Armed Forces Week activities in the Scranton area from 1963, 1964 and 1966.


The soldiers were ready but Mother Nature had different plans on May 18, 1963. Rain throughout the night and into the morning caused the organizers to cancel the parade. A Times cameraman was able to grab some pictures of the troops ready to go inside the Watres Armory in the early hours of May 18.



Organizers of the annual Armed Forces day parade in Scranton estimated that the crowd was between 15,000 to 20,000 people. In addition to the military personnel that participated in the parade a total of nine marching bands provided the rhythm for the annual event.


A crowd close to 10,000 lined the streets of downtown Scranton for the 17th annual Armed Forces Day parade on May 21, 1966.

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