Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz is inviting all active and veteran military personnel to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Countyline Dragway, 19999 Okeechobee Road. Military members and their families* can enjoy free entry, excitement, and food during the commissioner's "Armed Forces Appreciation Day" from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Non-military residents can also attend, but must pay entry and racing fees. Entry is $10 for residents ages 13 and over, and $5 for children ages 6-12 (all children ages 5 and under are free). The racing fee for non-military residents is $25. Military residents can race for a special price of $15. Food is free for military personnel from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
"Our service men and women sacrifice so much in order to protect our nation. This event is to honor their commitment to preserving freedom at home and abroad," said Commissioner Diaz, who served in the U.S. Marines and is also the County's military liaison.
Special guests attending the event will include the families of Miami-Dade County's Medal of Valor honorees. Last November, commissioners awarded the families of 11 military members killed in action who were from Miami-Dade County with the Medal of Valor, Miami-Dade's equivalent to the Purple Heart.
This event has been made possible with support from Anthony Muñoz, owner of Countyline Dragway, and Jorge de Cardenas of Save-a-Step Food Stop and Oscar de Cardenas of Sub City, both of whom are donating food and drinks.
Countyline Dragway is a 1/8th mile IHRA sanctioned track built to deter illegal street racing and promote racing in a safer track environment. For more information on "Armed Forces Appreciation Day," contact Raymond Bush at 305-599-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.