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NW Ohio History: Recreation--Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to recognize those actively serving our nation in the military. Observed with parades, picnics, and fly-overs, it brings to the public's attention the nation's preparedness for defense. The parade documented here occurred during the 1950s, recorded by the Toledo Department of Publicity and Efficiency. (Location: Erie Street and Madison)
Nurses step off to demonstrate that women served in the military as well as men.
During the darkest days of the Cold War, so soon after World War II, Americans were reassured to see military technology paraded down the street.
Toledo is the home of the Jeep, and this line of military vehicles represented job security as well as national defense to these northwest Ohioans.