Each May, on Armed Forces Day, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oceanside bring the Oceanside business community and area residents together to provide a day of recognition to the Marines and Sailors and their families based on Camp Pendleton.
Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps base in the world, is home to more than 70,000 Marines, Sailors and their families. Units from 1MEF were the 1st American military forces to land in Kandahar following September 11, 2001. We need to recognize the contributions these Marines, Sailors and their families have made to our country. They have endured long separations and hardships to protect our freedoms. Armed Forces Day-Operation Appreciation is a perfect opportunity to say “Thank You.”
The day consists of a host of activities including a great children’s fun zone with mechanical rides, a rock wall, inflatable jumps, kid’s crafts and face painting. Live entertainment will be featured at the amphitheater all day long. The beach will be loaded with military land and amphibious displays, including the LCAC, for people to explore and learn about. All Active Duty Military and their dependents with Military ID Card to get unlimited rides, activities, and a free lunch.
This event is open to the public with wristbands available for purchase for children’s rides at $10 per person. Entertainment and military displays are free to all guests.
To learn more about Operation Appreciation, please visit the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce website.