Los Al Racetrack to honor military, veterans Nov. 9

Segerstrom Center announces Veteran related events for November. Courtesy photo

Free Admission starting at 5 p.m. on the night of the event

Los Alamitos Race Course will host its inaugural Honoring Our Veterans Night At The Races featuring free admission, family-friendly activities, live racing and more on Saturday evening, November 9 starting at 5 p.m.

The patriotic-themed evening designed for the community and military families will honor a number of veterans from the region.  The oldest honoree is 99-year-old Bill Kull of Huntington Beach.  A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, he fought in the Battles of the Bulge, Hürtgen Forest, and Remagen.

The event will also have static displays of military vehicles and equipment courtesy of the JFTB and U.S. Marines. Historical timepieces from the Cal Guard Military Museum, photo opportunities for veterans through the Faces of Freedom Project, a photography display from the VA’s Photography Group, inspirational rock painting with OC Rocks USA along with a variety of social service agencies providing information to veterans and active military personnel that will add to the activities. There will also be live music throughout the evening from The Fabulous Nomads.

Military and community families will enjoy the added entertainment of pony rides, face painting, and carnival-type games – all for free. The evening will include a full evening of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing.

In addition, Mission K9 Rescue that focuses on finding forever homes for retired military dogs, will have a veteran K9 on hand to receive recognition as well. Patriots and Paws, which provides basic home furnishings to veterans/active/military reservists along with a rescued companion animal if requested, will also be on hand at the event. To help veterans with training of service dogs Veterans Canine Intelligence Academy will be participating. Of course, service dogs are invited and welcomed to attend.

“The entire Los Alamitos Race Course family is looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to honor our military veterans, who have given so much to our country,” said Orlando Gutierrez, the marketing director at Los Alamitos Race Course. “We invite the entire community to join us for an evening of celebrating our Veterans.”

Los Alamitos Race Course has been a part of the community in Orange County since 1947. The racing oval located in Cypress, California now conducts year-round night racing and will offer daytime Thoroughbred racing for two weeks starting on December 5. Follow Los Alamitos Race Course on Twitter and Instagram @losalracing and on Facebook @losalamitosracecourse. For more information on Honoring Our Veterans At A Night At The Races, please call 714-820-2800 or visit losalamitos.com.

Other Veterans Day ceremonies include;

  • Garden Grove Veterans Day flag raising and Vietnam War pinning ceremony, Monday Nov. 11 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at OC Fire Authority Station 81, 11261 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove.
  • Buena Park Veterans Honor Walk, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 5:00 p.m. Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park.
  • Lion’s Club Veteran’s Day Ceremony, noon – 3 p.m., Monday, November 12, Eisenhower Park, Seal Beach.
  • American Legion Post 716, Florista Street, Los Alamitos, Veterans Day Bar-q-que and Centennial celebration, 2 – 4 p.m.