On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will host Operation Appreciation. This event is a day of recognition and appreciation to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases.
Operation Appreciation began after 9/11 and has become a community tradition that has continued to grow with nearly 40 local and corporate sponsors and will be presented by Genentech and Frontwave Credit Union. Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, entertainment and a fun zone for kids, with inflatable jumps, rock climbing wall, kid's crafts and face painting.
While this event seeks to thank active duty military families, it is open to the general public. There is no charge to attend Operation Appreciation. Tickets can be purchased for the Fun Zone and food is also available for purchase.
This year necessitates a venue change and Operation Appreciation will be held on Pier View Way and Ditmar Streets in downtown Oceanside. Opening Ceremonies will begin at the Pier Amphitheater at 11:00 a.m. after which the band Sonic Theory will perform and entertain guests.
At Noon, food service will begin in the St. Mary’s Sea Center on Pier View Way. All Active Duty Military and their dependents must bring an Active Duty Military ID Card to get unlimited activities and a free lunch. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs served by the Oceanside Rotary Club and food from Buffalo Wild Wings, Pick Up Stix, Domino’s and desserts from the San Luis Rey Bakery. We are looking forward to continuing this important tradition of hosting and entertaining our military and their families. More information is available at www.OceansideOperationAppreciation.com