The June 24 Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade will begin on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at the Showboat casino at around 6:30 p.m. and end near the Atlantic Club.

A grandstand and viewing station will be set up in front of Boardwalk Hall for the third annual parade, which will feature about 80 marching units, including bands from local high schools such as Absegami, Egg Harbor Township, Cedar Creek and Mainland Regional, according to a statement Thursday from the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority

Bands will also include the city’s Fire Department’s Sandpipers, the Neptune Drum and Bugle Crops, Boardwalk Seahawks Drum Corps and the South Jersey Vagabonds Drum and Bugle Corps.

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A special presentation will honor Atlantic City native and United States Navy Rear Adrmiral Mark Buzby, who will be fulfilling his final official order at the parade before retiring after 31 years of service.

Buzby's family owned the historic Dennis Hotel, now part of Bally's, for more than 100 years. He followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Navy after graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy, and currently lives in Arlington, Vir.

The final lineup of the parade is still in the works and June 7 is the deadline to submit an application. For more information call 609-344-8338 or visit

The parade is part of a week of events in the resort that include a practice session for the Atlantic City Airshow on June 25, followed that night by a 7 p.m. concert at Kennedy Plaza by the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. The airshow itself runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. June 26.

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