As we approach Veterans Day, Orange County gears up to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces. This comprehensive guide outlines the various ceremonies and activities scheduled for this special day, offering a detailed look at the events taking place across the region.
Huntington Beach Veterans Day Ceremony
Location: Pier Plaza, 325 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
Time: 11 a.m.
In a longstanding tradition, the city of Huntington Beach, in collaboration with American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133, will host a Veterans Day ceremony at Pier Plaza. Join us at 11 a.m. as civic leaders come together to recognize the valor, dedication, and heroism of our veterans. As an added highlight, a car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location will raise funds earmarked for wounded veterans.
Open Water's Veterans Day Channel Crossing
Route: Catalina Island to Huntington Beach
Time: Daybreak to 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Witness a breathtaking display of solidarity as approximately 45 veterans, first responders, and surfers paddle from Catalina Island to Huntington Beach. Organized by Open Water, this marks the fifth annual Veterans Day channel crossing. Support boats, including medical personnel, will accompany the group on their inspiring journey, culminating at Huntington City Beach between Towers 3 and 5.
Heroes Hall Museum Commemoration
Location: Heroes Hall Museum and Education Center, Orange County Fairgrounds
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Join the Heroes Hall Museum for its annual Veterans Day commemoration, featuring a post-9/11 veteran pinning ceremony and the unveiling of a new plaque honoring fallen heroes. Admission and parking are free, and visitors can enjoy performances by the All-American Boys Chorus. Explore resources provided by veteran service organization booths and participate in activities like decorating dog tags and writing postcards to troops.
State Parks Free Admission
The California Department of Parks and Recreation extends its gratitude to service members by offering free admission to 144 select parks statewide. Active and veteran service members can enter at no charge by presenting a valid military ID or a California driver's license indicating veteran status. In Orange County, included parks are Crystal Cove State Park, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Doheny State Beach, Huntington State Beach, San Clemente State Beach, and San Onofre State Beach.
UCI Health Veterans Day Flag-Raising Ceremony
Location: UCI Medical Center, 101 The City Drive South, Orange
Time: 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
UCI Health honors its veterans with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. Recognizing over 30 working professionals who have served in the military, this event underscores the commitment and service of these individuals. Join us at UCI Medical Center for this moving tribute.
Pets for Vets Program
Location: Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road
On Saturday, the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter introduces a permanent program waiving all adoption fees for active duty, honorably discharged, or retired armed forces personnel in Orange County. A heartfelt thank you to veterans for their bravery, service, and sacrifice.
Fountain Valley Veterans Day Ceremony
Location: Veterans Park, 17635 Los Alamos St., Fountain Valley
Time: 10 a.m.
Partnering with the West Orange County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 9557, the city of Fountain Valley hosts a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park. The program includes a color guard, keynote speaker, and recognition of the city's veterans. Limited seating is available, so feel free to bring your own chairs for this special occasion.
Special Offers for Veterans
Several establishments are expressing their gratitude to veterans on this day. Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza locations in Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, and Irvine are offering two slices of pizza and a fountain drink to veterans free of charge all day. Additionally, the Kolache Factory is providing free breakfast to active service members and veterans with a government-issued military photo ID or DD 214.
As Veterans Day approaches, let's come together as a community to honor and express our gratitude to the brave individuals who have served and continue to serve our nation. Participate in these events and special offers to show your appreciation for their dedication and sacrifice.