The trailer was located at 3rd and Madison on the Mall and it was the temporary housing for the Assembly Command Post, in charge of coordinating the parade. Three radio networks and eight hotline telephones were set up to handle crises.

1:52 p.m. Telephone rings. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Smith answers, and announces: "The Georgia float can't see where he's going." The carpeting on the float obscured his view, but the trouble was cleared up.

2:45 p.m. A gap appears in the parade as one unit lags. "Jeez," somebody says, "close up that hole, Move it." Marine Cpl. Jim Brunn goes on the radio: "Team Four, this is Alpha Charlie Papa, over. Please have them hurry up, please, Over."

2:55 p.m. Telephone rings.Smith answers. "Part of the fifth division (parade units) is four blocks behind." The last bands in the parade are some distance from the starting point and don't have much time. "Tell them they better run a little faster." Hangs up. "They're going to make it by the skin of their teeth." He's right, somebody later reports the Susitna Valley High School Band from Alaska had to run 10 blocks with their instructments to make the starting point on time.