• The Friends are taking a break from public events in 2017.
  • There will be no Fort Ord Warhorse Day or FFOW Veterans Day celebrations.
  • Thank you for your interest, please check back next year.


7th Annual

Veterans Day Celebration

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Marina Equestrian Center Park on old Fort Ord

California/5th Ave and 9th Street

A nationally registered historic site 

All veterans: record your story for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. CSUMB Cinematic Arts Students will be recording interviews at venue from 9:00 to 1:30. Interview takes half an hour and is available to you online. 

Vietnam-era veterans: please accept recognition and United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration 50th anniversary pin​​.

8:30 - 10:30 Warhorse bike ride to Fort Ord National Monument and Dunes State Park ($5 entry for insurance) 

Call to Order Cadet Kyle Falkenberg, Seaside–Marina JROTC
Joint Color Guard Defense Language Institute/Presidio of Monterey
National Anthem Defense Language Institute Choir  
Invocation Chaplain Michael Allen, Prayers for Soldiers and Sailors, 1941
Reflections Ben de la Selva and Lt. Colonel Tom Griffin, USA (Ret)
“Boonie Rats” Performance
Recognition of Vietnam-Era Veterans Colonel Lawrence Brown, Garrison Commander, Presidio of Monterey




  • Demonstration of equine PTSD therapy, Erica Berg
  • Monterey County Sheriff K-9 Team, Deputy Shaun Moran and “Argos”
  • Marina High School Band and Orchestra 


  • Lolipop the mini horse 
  • Make an Operation Gratitude greeting card 
  • Pat Hathaway historical photos of Fort Ord
  • ​History, military, and other exhibits
  • La Paloma and The Choke Coach food trucks onsite to purchase lunch

See you there!

Directions: from Hwy 1, exit Imjin Pkwy, R on California, R on 9th Street to park.

From Hwy 101, off at Blanco, west to end, R on Reservation Rd, L on Imjin, L on California, R on 9th Street to park.

​​​Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse

Close-up of commemorative pin,

recto and verso