About 300 military troops deploying across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate an early Thanksgiving dinner at the Bob Hope USO facilities at Los Angeles International Airport from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The USO Thanksgiving dinner for members of all branches of the military is sponsored by USO supporter, The Gary Sinise Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. The troops will be joined by the Los Angeles Kings hockey team’s Ice Girls and elected officials and will be entertained with live music throughout the festivities.
“This is a terrific activity to kick off the holiday season for our troops,” says Bob Kurkjian, executive director of USO Greater Los Angeles, which each year serves more than 100,000 members of the military and their families and relies entirely on private donations. “We think this is the perfect way to convey to our troops the gratitude of the American people.”
As part of the festivities, Oliver Shokouh, owner of Harley Davidson-Glendale, will present a donation from the Love Ride Foundation from last month’s Love Ride, which benefits the USO. Founded in 1984 by Shokouh, the Love Ride is the world’s longest-running motorcycle fundraiser, drawing 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to the annual event.
The Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX, which is open 24 hours, seven days a week, is located across from Terminal 2 adjacent to the iconic Theme Building.