For 64 years, the U.S. has set aside a special day each year to pay tribute to the five branches of the military.

Armed Forces Day will be this Saturday.

On Wednesday, a luncheon was held in Watertown to honor the military men and women at Fort Drum.

A Fort Drum color guard helped provide the setting for a packed house.

Lunch for the soldiers was on the local business community.

The keynote speaker, Fort Drum's acting senior commander, spoke of the close ties between the north country and the installation.

"For nearly 30 years I've moved my family from base to base and I have to tell you that the relationship between Drum and the northern New York community is unique. We depend on each other like no other place I've been," said Fort Drum Acting Senior Commander Brigadier General Michael Howard.

The Armed Forces Day parade will be held in Watertown starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The parade begins at Watertown High School, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Dulles State Office Building.