Salute to Armed Forces Week– U.S. Coast Guard

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Gayle Anderson was live in Torrance to wrap up her weeklong salute to Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th and May as Military Appreciation Month. Friday’s focus is on the U.S. Coast Guard.

About U.S. Coast Guard- Courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

The Treasury Department established the Revenue Cutter Service, forebear of today's Coast Guard, on August 4, 1790. On that date, Congress, guided by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of ten cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.

The Coast Guard has been continuously at sea since its inception, although the name Coast Guard didn't come about until 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service was merged with the Lifesaving Service. The Lighthouse Service joined the Coast Guard in 1939, followed in 1946 by the Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection. Finally, in 1967, after 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation.

Coast Guard Day is celebrated on August 4th. It is primarily an internal activity for active duty Coast Guard personnel, civilian members, reservists, retirees, auxiliarists, and dependents, but it does have a significant share of interest outside the Service. Grand Haven, Michigan, also known as Coast Guard City, USA, annually sponsors the Coast Guard Festival around August 4. Typically it is the largest community celebration of a branch of the Armed Forces in the nation. In addition to celebrating their own day every year, Coast Guard members also participate as equal partners in Armed Forces Day activities.

Today the Coast Guard ensures the safety, security and stewardship of the Nation’s waters. It is the lead Federal agency for law enforcement, incident response, homeland security and disaster management in the maritime environment. Its highly skilled workforce and capable assets allow the Service to fulfill its mission and protect the Nation. Nearly 42,000 men and women are actively serving in the Coast Guard to defend America’s borders and protect the maritime environment. For more information, click HERE.

Today’s segment featured a preview of the 56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade presented by the City of Torrance. Each year, Torrance honors a different military branch. This year, the city pays tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard. This celebration- the city’s longest standing tradition- begins today and ends on Sunday, May 17th.

Throughout the weekend, the following events will occur in the city as part of the celebration:

Military exhibits featuring vehicles and support equipment will be on display outside the Life Style Wing in the east parking lot of the Del Amo Fashion Center on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform for FREE at the James Armstrong Theatre TODAY at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is a limit of four tickets per adult (18+). Ticket holders must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to concert time. There will be a line available for empty seats beginning 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start times.

Saturday, May 16th, the 56th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs westbound along Torrance Boulevard. Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio will be the Grand Marshall of the parade that will feature active and reserve military units from the five branches of the Armed Forces. The parade will also include military vehicles of all descriptions including: Humvees, armored personnel carriers, support vehicles and Abrams Battle Tanks. Military and elected dignitaries, along with the community, will also be honoring the hundreds of military service men and women as they pass in review. For more information on the Armed Forces Day Parade & Celebration, please visit the website.

MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH: Flair Cleaners, Southern California’s leading eco-friendly dry cleaners, will host its Fifth Annual Flair Care Package Drive, one of the largest drives of its kind, May 16th through May 24th, to benefit America’s military and their families. In partnership with Bob Hope USO, Flair Cleaners will collect items for care packages at each of its five Southern California locations, which will be sent to military personnel throughout the world. Additionally, Flair will dry clean or launder up to five shirts, blouses or pants for active duty military personnel and veterans at no charge May 21 - 24, 2015.

Beginning Armed Forces Day and concluding Memorial Day weekend, residents and businesses can donate individually packaged snacks, toiletries, and other items that offer a “touch-of-home” to military personnel and families, wherever they are deployed. A complete list can be found on the Flair Cleaners Facebook page, Facebook.com/FlairDryCleaners. Donations can be brought to any of the five Flair Cleaners locations – Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Valencia. Every Flair Cleaners customer who donates will receive a certificate for 50% off dry cleaning as a thank you.  In addition, customers can donate via text by sending the word “Bob” to 27722.

Year-round, Flair provides complementary cleaning for United States Flags and discounts for military personnel.

Bob Hope USO, an independent, not-for-profit organization, lifts the spirits of more than 150,000 troops and their families annually throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Anchored by airport centers at LAX, Ontario, Orange County and Palm Springs, Bob Hope USO also provides high-quality programs and support to bases throughout Southern California including critical morale and welfare boosting efforts and services. The organization receives no funding from the federal government or Department of Defense, relying on the generosity of individuals, corporations, community organizations and philanthropic giving to support its work. Learn more HERE.

About Flair Cleaners: With a reputation built on innovation and customer service, Flair has been your Southern California dry cleaner for more than 50 years. And, while times and fashion may have changed, one thing hasn’t: Flair’s commitment to help customers look their best. Flair’s commitment to impeccable quality and customer service began when the Futterman and Singer families first opened a dry cleaning business in Chicago in 1958. Their tradition of excellence continued when the families’ first Southern California cleaners opened in 1963. Today, Flair Cleaners has five Southern California locations – Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City and Valencia.

Flair was one of the first cleaners in Southern California to adopt the GreenEarth dry cleaning process, the industry’s premier all-natural cleaning method. Its state-of-the-art, highly efficient equipment conserves resources and safely cleans garments and household items. For more information on Flair Cleaners, its community service or its green environmental practices and awards, click HERE, or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FlairDryCleaners.

TORRANCE ARMED FORCES DAY WEEKEND / TORRANCE: Beginning May 15, 2015, through Sunday, May 17, 2015, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade. This is the city’s longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch. This year the city honors the United States Coast Guard. Grand Marshal, Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, will lead the parade Saturday, May 16, 2015, that will begin at 1:30 pm.

The parade will include active and reserve military units from the five branches of the Armed Forces. Also, the parade will feature military vehicles including: humvees, armored personnel carriers, support vehicles and Abrams Battle Tanks and more rumbling down the streets of Torrance.

Additionally, Rear Admiral Servidio will conduct the swearing in of hundreds of future military recruits from the five branches. Military and elected dignitaries, along with the community, will honor hundreds of military service men and women as they pass in review.

Throughout the weekend, the following events will occur in Torrance as part of the celebration: Military Exhibits: Vehicles and support equipment on display outside the Life Style Wing in the east parking lot at the Del Amo Fashion Center, Friday May 15, 2015, from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday May 16, 2015, from 3pm to 8 pm; and on Sunday May 17, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Free Concert: The Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform for free at the James Armstrong Theatre on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the Box Office on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, beginning at 10 am.

There is a limit of four tickets per adult (18+). Ticket holders must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to concert time. There will be a line available for empty seats beginning 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start times.

Parade: The parade will begin on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1:30 pm and run westbound along Torrance Boulevard starting at Crenshaw Boulevard and ending at City Hall.

For more information about the Armed Forces Day Parade & Celebration, please click HERE.

HELP THE FUNDRAISER FOR THE FISHER HOUSE: Fisher House Southern California Fisher House Southern California is a collaborative effort of the Long Beach Rotary, American Gold Star Mothers, the American Legion and other groups, organizations and individuals anxious to support our Nation’s promise and obligation to support those who have sacrificed for our Country’s freedom and security.

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in a time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families. As well as, the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

For members of our Armed Forces, retirees, veterans and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during a medical crisis. Fisher Houses offer a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment a distance from home. This special support is even more important to a family during the most stressful of times – the hospitalization of a wounded or injured service member having been involved in military operations.

Both the VA and the Fisher House Foundation have already approved a Fisher House for the VA Long Beach campus. Our job, as a newly formed 501(c) (3) non-profit, is to assist in the fund raising process to make this building a reality and to assist in supporting the house after it is built.

With the help and support of people like you, once completed, the Fisher House Southern California will be paid in full. The staffing and maintenance expenses will be the responsibility of the VA.

For more information, take a look at the website.

SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES / U.S. Coast Guard

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SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES: U.S. Air Force
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Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th
56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Parade

Saturday, May 16th
1:30 p.m. through 3:30 p.m.
56th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade
Begins at Crenshaw Boulevard & Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com