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Armed Forces Day; Operation Appreciation

Oceanside CA- On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will bring the business community and area residents together to provide a day of recognition to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton and nearby military bases.operation_appreciation02

Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, carnival rides and entertainment at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre.

The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The day consists of a host of activities: including a great children’s fun zone with carnival rides, inflatable jumps, rock climbing wall, kid’s crafts and face painting. The children’s area will also have characters like Baby Shamu and the Padres Pad Squad for kids to meet and take pictures.

Live entertainment will be featured at the amphitheater all day long. At the 2014 event, The Heroes, a multi-award winning show and dance band, will be preforming all day.

Local restaurants serving our 2013 attendees included Hunter Steakhouse, Famous Dave’s, Hooters and Domino’s Pizza.

The beach will be loaded with military land and amphibious displays, including the LCAC, for people to explore and learn about. The EOD team will be on hand to demonstrate their latest equipment and answer questions.

All Active Duty Military and their dependents must bring an Active Duty Military ID Card to get unlimited rides, activities, and a free lunch.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase for children’s rides. Entertainment and military displays are free to everyone.