Twenty-five living Medal of Honor recipients will be honored June 23 at Arlington Park as part of the track's tribute to American military heroes this weekend.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
As Arlington’s special guests for the afternoon, these American heroes will be honored between Saturday’s third and fourth races with a special winner’s circle presentation featuring the United States Marine Corps Color Guard.
Later that evening, Arlington Park will host “In the Company of Heroes” – a fund-raising dinner to honor those recipients. Local news anchor Bob Sirott will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available for $1,000/seat and $10,000/table, and proceeds will go to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Recognition of all who serve in the United States military begins Friday, when anyone with a military I.D. – along with three guests – can receive free admission to Arlington Park. In addition the military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary will host a free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds.
During Friday’s twilight racing programs, first post time is a 3 p.m., but the military career fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Arlington guests can get an up-close view of military equipment static displays which will include two CH-46E Helicopters, two High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and one Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement – 7-ton truck.
On Sunday, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, Arlington Park will host a “Toys for Tots” Drive with free admission for adults who donate an unused toy to the drive.