Dear Friends: This year marks the centennial of the Army’s presence on the former Fort Ord. In 1917, the U.S. Army purchased about 15,000 acres near present day East Garrison for use as an artillery range for soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey. Eventually the acquisition grew to 28,000 acres and in 1940, the Army settled on the name of “Fort Ord” for the place. Nearly 2 million soldiers passed through the gates of the former Fort Ord in the defense of our nation, and their spirit is forever alive on the Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
We hope that you can join us in celebrating 100 years of Fort Ord during one of the centennial events we will be hosting on the former Fort Ord. The events include:
Honor Our Fallen Run: Join community supporters on Fort Ord Dunes State Park and participate in the Honor Our Fallen 5K or 10K Race/Walk as a “competitor”, “volunteer” or “spectator”. The Saturday, October 21st event helps support programs for Gold Star Family members. The Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program has organized the event, and the BLM and State Parks will be staffing booths highlighting the rich history of Fort Ord. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/honorourfallen10k.
National Public Lands Day: Join other volunteers on the Fort Ord National Monument and lend a hand in collecting native plant seed and performing other rewarding work in a beautiful setting. Volunteers to the Saturday, October 28th event will be treated to a free lunch and entertainment at the intersection of Jack’s Road and Skyline Road (Lightfighter LZ) following the work project. Additional information is available at www.fortordfriends.org.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the BLM at (831)582-2200 or State Parks at (831) 649-2836. We hope to see you there!