Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is set to conclude a two-day visit to the Los Angeles area for her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Monday by speaking at the Veterans Day LA celebration and conducting a town hall.
The formal program for Veterans Day LA will begin at 10 a.m. and include speeches by Gabbard and Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the event’s chair.
Gabbard, a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, joined Hahn in the successful effort to cancel plans to rebrand the Coliseum as the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum as part of a $69 million naming-rights agreement to help fund the $270 million renovation of the stadium, which opened in 1923.
Veterans Day LA will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and also include aerial demonstrations, food trucks and previews of upcoming films.
The Coliseum’s torch will be lit at 11 a.m. to mark the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” when World War I ended in 1918.
At the town hall, Gabbard “will share her vision for ending our engagement in costly regime change wars, the new Cold War and arms race and investing U.S. resources in serving the needs of the American people,” according to her campaign.
“Continuing the status quo is taking a toll on our military,” Gabbard tweeted Sunday.
“As President, I will honor our brothers and sisters in uniform by only sending them on missions truly worthy of their sacrifice — missions that actually serve the interests of our country and the American people.”
Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the event set for 6-8 p.m. at The Proud Bird food hall near Los Angeles International Airport. All active and retired military with valid military identification will receive a free meal at the hall’s Food Bazaar from 5-8 p.m.
Reservations can be made at www.facebook.com/events/1067364176765847/
Gabbard began the visit Sunday by participating in a workout session on the beach in Santa Monica. Participants were asked to contribute to two veterans organizations, Team Red, White and Blue and the Recon and Sniper Foundation.