Eight Ways To Honor Veterans In Orange County

Veterans Day is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about how we can give back to those who have sacrificed for this country. If you are looking for ways to honor and celebrate active-duty military members or veterans this Veterans Day, Orange County has several offerings that might interest you. 

Here are a few events that you can check out as well as some other ways by which you can give back to those who have dedicated their lives to service. 

#1 Anaheim Veterans Day Celebration

It would not be a holiday without a parade, would it? One of the most spectacular events in Orange County on Veterans Day is the Anaheim Veterans Day Parade. It is where veterans are honored in a special celebration hosted by the City of Anaheim, held downtown at the City’s Veterans Monument for the public to attend and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country. It is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate and spend the holiday while honoring our local veterans and active duty service members.

Anaheim Veterans Day Celebration

#2 Official Military Skate’s Veterans Day

Do you love skateboarding? If the answer is yes, you must check out the Official Military Skate’s Veterans Day event for the community to get together with members of the United States Armed Forces for some skateboarding fun at OC Ramps. It is a unique and fun way to enjoy the holiday and get to know active duty service members, with food, prizes, and even opportunities to meet professional skateboarders. 

This event is free for active duty members and veterans, so be sure to invite any family or friends who are eligible and share your passion for skateboarding!

Official Military Skate’s Veterans Day

#3 Veterans Day Ceremony at Brea War Memorial

From 10:00 a.m. on November 11th, the Brea community will be hosting the Brea War Memorial to pay tribute to all military heroes, veterans, and active duty military members who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for our country. Held at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, this event is a somber reminder of the ultimate sacrifice many people from the Brea community have given fighting for our nation over the years.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Brea War Memorial

#4 Veterans Honor Walk at Buena Park

The Buena Park is hosting the Veterans Honor Walk on November 9th from 5:00 p.m. for their local veterans to honor and celebrate their patriotism. If you have any family or friends currently serving in the military or are retired veterans, invite them to join in for this event. The first 100 people who register will receive dinner, with priority given to veterans and their families. The walk will begin at the Ehlers Event Center at 8150 Knott Ave. Buena Park.

Veterans Honor Walk at Buena Park

#5 Veterans Day Community Celebration at Costa Mesa

On November 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Heroes Hall Museum invites the community to celebrate local veterans for a free event in partnership with the Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation. The event will feature a traditional military ceremony with performances from the United States Marine Corps veteran Elliot McKenzie and the All-American Boys Chorus. In addition, there will be an exhibit that features new stories and artifacts from the Santa Ana Army Air Base and guest airmen who graduated from the air base. It is a family-friendly event, with activities for kids like dog-tag decorating, water coloring, and more.

Veterans Day Community Celebration at Costa Mesa

#6 Dana Point Veterans Memorial

The City of Dana Point will be holding the Dana Point Veterans Memorial from 10:00 a.m. on November 11th for its community of veterans and war heroes. Located at 43201 Selva Road, just off the Pacific Coast Highway, it includes an unveiling of the updated memorial plaques that list the names of all the veterans who have died during the past year who were residents of Dana Point. If you are a resident of Dana Point, this is one way to give back to your community and remember your neighbors who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

Dana Point Veterans Memorial

#7 Veterans Day Ceremony And Car Show

Do you love cars? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a treat. The annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Car Show in Huntington Beach is an opportunity to remember and honor the sacrifices of Americans who gave their time and lives in war. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Hall, the event will feature hundreds of classic, collector, and custom cars and motorcycles across the beach parking lot. 

The event will also have plenty of street vendors offering great food, music, and much more. Since this is a free event (there is a fee to register and show a car), don’t hesitate to invite your family and friends who share a passion for classic cars.

Veterans Day Ceremony And Car Show

#8 Buy from Veteran-Owned Businesses 

Another way you can help out your local veterans on Veterans Day and year-round is by shopping at a veteran-owned business. Blue Bowl offers fast and healthy food, intending to alleviate those in a stressful environment by giving them a natural boost of whole-food-based energy. 

If you are looking for premium, fast, and healthy meals, consider stopping by their website to check out their offerings. Buying from them is a fantastic way to support their business and help a veteran-owned business thrive. They have stores in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Long Beach, and many more locations in Orange County. 

Orange County is hosting several events to honor local veterans, but there are abundant opportunities year-round to show gratitude. Consider joining in on any of these events, volunteering at the local VA, or shopping at veteran-owned businesses to give back to your local veteran community.

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