Los Angeles Lakers Celebrate Veterans Day
On November 10th, 2013 the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated Veterans at their home game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. Upon entering the arena fans were greeted by the Air Force ROTC Det. 040 program from Loyola Marymount University and were given a Lakers Dog Tag.
To kick off the pregame festivities the Lakers High Five Squad was made up entirely of Veterans from US Vets and one special Veteran was able to rebound for the players during their pregame warm-ups. The singing of our national anthem was performed by Air Force Sergeant DeJon Fruga and the colors were presented by the March Field Honor Guard.
During halftime the Lakers celebrated Veterans who have been injured during battle as a salute to their bravery. Marine Lance Corporal Brent Callender, Army Corporal Pablo Mena, Marine Corps Sergeant Jerome Reyes, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Lawrence Salcido, Marine Staff Sergeant Octavio Sanchez, and Army Staff Sergeant Brandon Sanford were all honored at the halftime presentation and given a personalized authentic Los Angeles Lakers jersey.
150 tickets from Lakers generous Season Ticket Holders were donated to New Directions for Veterans as a token of their appreciation, as well as two sections at STAPLES Center from the Lakers Youth Foundation were given to various Veterans Organizations around Los Angeles.
On November 11th, 2013 the Lakers once again celebrated Veterans Day at US Vets of Inglewood. This is the third year the Lakers have served breakfast for the veterans of this facility. Xavier Henry, the Laker Girls and Lakers staffers volunteered their morning to thank all of the Veterans for their hard work and dedication and to serve them a delicious breakfast. Click here for a Photo Gallery from the event
In addition to the Lakers Community efforts the past two days, the significant others of the Lakers players organized a business attire donation drive from November 4th to November 8th. All donated clothing was sent to a job training program at New Directions for Veterans.
The Lakers would like to thank all of those who have served and continue to serve our country and we wish you a Happy Veterans Day!