SALT LAKE CITY (June 28) - In the lead up to the Fourth of July weekend, Utah's Hogle Zoo is celebrating USA's servicemen and women during its Military Appreciation Days. From July 1-3 the Zoo will give free admission to all military personnel and veterans, as well as their spouse and children 18 and under by presenting their valid military ID.
Ading to the excitement of Military Appreciation Days will be Salute our Military Day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 2.
"For the eighth year in a row, Hogle Zoo is proud to offer free admission to the men, women and veterans that have served and continue to serve our country. Come and enjoy a relaxed summer day with your family at the Zoo on us!" states Brad Parkin, Associate Director, Marketing for Hogle Zoo.
The day of honor kicks off with a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m. at the main entrance of the Zoo, after which the Northridge High Marching Band will play a patriotic arrangement. The music at the Zoo will continue throughout the day as Today's KOSY will broadcast its music live from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will also feature drill demonstrations by the Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadets in Oasis Plaza, the Utah National Guard will have their rock climbing wall on grounds, the VA Medical Clinic's RV will be parked at the main Zoo entrance, and various booths with military information will be stationed at various places throughout the Zoo.
Guests are also invited to sign thank you cards for troops, which will be delivered to Hill Air Force Base after the weekend.
The first 500 people through the gate will receive mini U.S. flags, donated by Colonial Flag, for the Salute our Military Day celebration, along with free admission, military personnel will receive 10 percent off at all Zoo concession stands.
For more information on Military Appreciation Days, call Hogle Zoo at 801-582-1631 or visit www.hoglezoo.org
Salute our Military Day Schedule:
9:00 - 9:30 Eagles on the Plaza at the Main Plaza
10:00 - 10:15 Flag raising ceremony at the Main Plaza
10:15 - 10:45 Northridge High Marching Band at the Main Plaza
10:00 - 3:00 Rock climbing wall and Hummer in the Main Plaza
10:00 - 3:00 Thank you card signing at the Turkey Yard
10:00 - 3:00 VA Medical Clinic RV outside the Main Entry
Drill demonstrations will be given at various times throughout the Zoo in Oasis Plaza
Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of only 211 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.