Astros salute to veterans presented by Occidental Petroleum

WHAT: Occidental Petroleum presents a Veterans Day event to honor our nation's military and veterans, with a special thanks to those who served in World War II, hosted by the Houston Astros and Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The highlight of the afternoon will be the screening of the extraordinary, award-winning documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission on the video board at Minute Maid Park. Other entertainment will include military and patriotic bands as well as special performances starting shortly after gates open at 11:00 a.m. To reserve your FREE ticket, please visit www.astros.com/vets.

WHEN: Monday, November 11, 2013

11:00 a.m. - Gates open with musical entertainment and concessions available. Due to high demand for complimentary tickets, early arrival is strongly recommended.

2:00 p.m. - Program

4:30 p.m. - End of event

WHERE: Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St., Houston, TX 77002

INFORMATION:

All tickets are free, but must be requested by November 1 in order to receive tickets by mail. We respectfully ask attendees to only order the number of tickets they need, as over-ordering will prevent others from attending the Veterans Day Salute. All tickets are general admission and ushers will direct guests to available seating. Wheelchair accessible seating is available. Please use the "wheelchair accessible" link to request tickets. Due to limited availability, handicap accessible seating only includes one companion ticket.

Early arrival is highly recommended. Please allow plenty of time for parking and bag check. All tickets will be mailed unless other arrangements are made to pick them up at Minute Maid Park prior to November 11. Handicapped parking will be available as well as free parking for the general public in Astros-controlled lots on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your free ticket, please visit www.astros.com/vets.

For active-duty military tickets only, please contact mwade@astros.com

In addition to presenting sponsor Occidental Petroleum, supporting sponsors of the Astros Veterans day Salute include Breitling, ARAMARK Corporation and Marathon Oil Corporation.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Honor Flight is an inspiring documentary about living World War II veterans and a community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle.

The trips are called "Honor Flights," and for the veterans in their late 80's and early 90's, often represent the first time they have been thanked for their service, and may be the last trip of their lives. The 24-hour journey is full of deeply moving surprises. It's uncommon for World War II veterans to talk about the War, but the Honor Flight experience helps to bring their stories out. Many veterans say, with the exception of their wedding days and the births of their children, the trip is the best day of their lives.

The Honor Flights are meant to give something back to these humble heroes, but their selflessness and profound appreciation for freedom transforms everyone they meet.

ABOUT THE CAUSE:

The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that has flown over 100,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. It consists of 117 hubs across the country, including Honor Flight Houston, which was established in May 2013.

ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:

The Astros Foundation is the official team charity of the Houston Astros. Led by Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and his partners, the Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans in our region to support our cornerstone charitable youth baseball and softball programs serving at-risk children and teens of Greater Houston. Those initiatives include the Astros Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) league. The Executive Director of the Astros Foundation is Astros Sr. VP of Community Relations Meg Vaillancourt. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation or email foundation@astros.com.