DEL MAR, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors were honored by the Reagan Legacy Foundation and hosted by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Sept. 1 as part of Ronald Reagan Day at Del Mar Racetrack.
More than 900 Sailors and their guests attended the free event which included transportation, tickets, parking, lunch and special cabana seating beside the track.
The event celebrated the passing of California State Assembly Member Martin Garrick's AB 1911 bill which created a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The commission is honoring President Reagan's life by promoting and remembering his achievements in various events during the 100th anniversary of his birth, which will be observed next year.
"It's a pleasure and an honor to be home in San Diego at the Del Mar Racetrack and to be able to share it with the Sailors and see some of the exciting races we got to see today," said Garrick.
Garrick's District Director Sherry Hodges helped plan the event and felt honored to be at the racetrack with Reagan's Sailors.
"It's wonderful not only to honor our great American president and governor of the state of California, the only governor of the state who became president of the United States, but also to honor and show respect to the wonderful men and women who serve in our services, and in particular the USS Ronald Reagan," said Hodges.
"It's a wonderful day. It's an honor to be a part of it."
The day also included a few special touches, including a vocal performance of "Where The Surf Meets the Turf" by Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Elise Clover, a formation march of 100 Sailors to the winner's circle and a race named for the ship.
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Kevin Takeuchi said he enjoyed the day off from work and appreciated being honored by the foundation and racetrack.
"It was nice to come out and do something [with my family]. We've driven by the Del Mar Racetrack a bunch of times and wondered what it was like to go to a horse race and now we get to go for free."
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