Zoo teams up with Walmart Foundation to honor vets

November 6, 2017 - 1:44pm

Veterans Day at the zoo, presented by the Walmart Foundation, takes place Nov. 10-11

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, veterans, active-duty service members and their families can visit the Oregon Zoo free of charge.

Veterans Day at the zoo, presented by the Walmart Foundation, offers free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

"We're grateful to everyone who has served our country and the families who support them," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. "We're also grateful for Walmart's continued support, which ensures that more of our community can visit the zoo and be inspired to take action for wildlife."

"We are thrilled to partner with the Oregon Zoo to honor and celebrate our veterans," said Travis Bailey, Walmart regional general manager in the Pacific Northwest. "Walmart has a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. Our team is looking forward to this special day at the zoo and the opportunity to thank our veterans for their service."

Walmart associates will be at the zoo on Saturday, Nov. 11, greeting families and recognizing military service. Visitors can also learn about Walmart's veterans hiring program and $20 million commitment to support job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address challenges many veterans face when returning to civilian life.

To receive free admission Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

In addition, the zoo store is offering a 10 percent discount and all zoo food outlets are offering a 25 percent discount for veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper identification.