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Toledo Armed Forces Day - sailors

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)

Toledo Armed Forces Day - soldiers

   Nurses step off to demonstrate that women served in the military as well as men.

Toledo Armed Forces Day - nurses
Toledo Armed Forces Day - nurses

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 Armed Forces Day - jeep

   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.