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Vandenberg Airmen march on Torrance in Armed Forces Day Parade

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen salute at a reveille ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen salute at a reveille ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- A father and son gaze at the participants during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- A father and son gaze at the participants during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Darian Tannis, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate military justice paralegal, mentors Air Force delayed enlistees prior to the parade during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 150 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Darian Tannis, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate military justice paralegal, mentors Air Force delayed enlistees prior to the parade during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 150 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen mentor Air Force delayed enlistees before the parade begins during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 150 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen mentor Air Force delayed enlistees before the parade begins during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 150 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V and Los Angeles Air Force Base Airmen salute at a Reveille Ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V and Los Angeles Air Force Base Airmen salute at a Reveille Ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V and Los Angeles Air Force Base Airmen stand in a formation at a Reveille Ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V and Los Angeles Air Force Base Airmen stand in a formation at a Reveille Ceremony during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day here Saturday, May 19, 2012. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony at the military exhibits area in the Del Amo parking lot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Yogi Ybarra, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance chief, commands the Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Yogi Ybarra, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance chief, commands the Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. The Airmen marched in between 100,000 onlookers and were among all the military services, retirees, veterans and civilians in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. The Airmen marched in between 100,000 onlookers and were among all the military services, retirees, veterans and civilians in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Team V Airmen march during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade of more than 100,000 onlookers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Yogi Ybarra, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance chief, salutes the distinguished visitors during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Of the distinguished visitors, the Secretary of the Air Force was honored as the Grand Marshal during the days events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Yogi Ybarra, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance chief, salutes the distinguished visitors during the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here Saturday, May 19, 2012. Of the distinguished visitors, the Secretary of the Air Force was honored as the Grand Marshal during the days events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley looks over Vandenberg Air Force Base's public display at the Torrance 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19, 2012, in Torrance, Calif. Donley was the Grand Marshal for the day's activities, which included a reveille ceremony, barbecue and military parade. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg AFB, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade observed by more than 100,000 spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley looks over Vandenberg Air Force Base's public display at the Torrance 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19, 2012, in Torrance, Calif. Donley was the Grand Marshal for the day's activities, which included a reveille ceremony, barbecue and military parade. Approximately 325 Airmen from Vandenberg AFB, Los Angeles AFB and Edwards AFB marched in the parade observed by more than 100,000 spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Some 25 Airmen from Vandenberg Air Force Base stepped out for the public in the 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade here May 19.

Vandenberg members used the day as an opportunity to show their appreciation for the support received by the community.

"With this we gave them a thank you," said Master Sgt. Yogi Ybarra, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance chief. "I think the impact is overwhelming to them because they know that we appreciate their support."

The day started off with an all-services Reveille Ceremony with more than 200 service members from the five military branches participating.

After a quick lunch, the services formed up to get ready for the parade.

The city of Torrance honored the U.S. Air Force in this year's parade, with Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley serving as grand marshal for the event.

"That he came out here to see us and shake our hands was incredible," said Airman 1st Class Darian Tannis, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate military justice paralegal. "You got to see the person behind the name and see that he appreciates us."

More than 350 Air Force members marched approximately one mile from Crenshaw Boulevard to Madrona Avenue showing their appreciation to more than 100,000 people lined on both sides of the street.

Tannis said, "It was really cool to see all the different services and people supporting this event."

The annual parade, which originated in 1960, is hailed as being the nation's longest running military parade sponsored by any city in the United States.

"It was a two-way street kind of gratitude; these people came to show their gratitude and we signed up to fight for them," Tannis said. "It's good for them to see that we're there for them the same way they're there for us."