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Veterans Day Celebrations in Orange County



Veterans Day Celebrations in Orange County

On Veterans Day (also known as Armistice Day) we, in the United States, honor military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday and is observed annually on November 11. President Wilson officially recognized it to signify the end of World War I, and to honor those who served.

The History of Veteran’s Day

In November, 1919, President Willson officially made Veterans Day a national holiday. We celebrate it on the 11th of November because on the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a temporary cease fire between World War I “Allied nations” and Germany went into effect. However, World War I (also known as “The Great War”) officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. This was dubbed “the war to end all wars,” but we all know that’s certainly not the case.

Returning Home, New Yorkers and World War I — NYC Department of Records & Information Services

Sept. 10, 1919, victory parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City
after the end of World War I.


An Official Resolution

The original concept was to have a day of observance to include parades, public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. On June 4, 1926,  The United States Congress wrote this official resolution:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far-reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

If you would like to attend a Veterans Day celebration in Orange County, and pay tribute to our brave men and women who have served our county in the Armed Forces, please view a list of events and locations listed below. This is just one more way that we at My Local OC are serving those who live, work, and play in Orange County. See  you around the OC!
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Written by: Patricia Braun – Publisher My Local OC
Research & Admin. Assistant: Erica Nielsen


Anaheim Nov. 12 Veteran’s Day Tribute 241 S. Anaheim Blvd Website
Brea Nov. 12 Veterans Day Ceremony 1 Civic Center Circle Website
Costa Mesa Nov. 11 Celebrating Veterans at Heroes Hall Museum 88 Fair Dr Website
Dana Point Nov. 11 Post 9934 Veterans Day Ceremony 34201 Selva Rd Website
Fountain Valley Nov. 11 Fountain Valley Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 17635 Los Alamos St Website
Fullerton Nov. 11 Veterans Day 1200 N. Harbor Blvd Website
Garden Grove Nov. 12 Vietnam War Veteran Pinning Ceremony and Flag Raising 11261 Acacia Pkwy Website
Huntington Beach Nov. 11 Veterans Day Car Show Parking Lot at PCH & Huntington St Website
Irvine Nov. 11 Remembering Veteran’s Day 29 Hubble Website
Irvine Nov. 11 Veterans Day 2021 4 Civic Center Website
La Habra Nov. 11 Veterans Day Event 301 S. Euclid St Website
Laguna Beach Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day and 75th Anniversary of VFW Post 5868 at Heisler Park 375 Cliff Dr Website
Laguna Niguel Nov. 11 Veterans Day Event 24602 Aliso Creek Rd Website
Lake Forest Nov. 11 The 32nd Veterans Day observance  25751 Trabuco Road Website
Los Alamitos Nov. 11 Dr. Seza Barsamian’s Veteran’s Day Free Service for Retired Veterans 4022 Katella Ave Website
Mission Viejo Nov. 11 Mission Viejo’s Veterans Day Ceremony 2021  24932 Veterans Way Website
Orange Now – Nov. 13 Field of Valor 2143 E. Oakmont Ave Website
Orange Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Tribute  100 N. Atchinson St. Website
Placentia Nov. 11 33rd Annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony 401 E. Chapman Ave Website
San Clemente Nov. 13 Veterans Ceremony & Marine Corps Birthday 124 N Alameda Ln Website
Santa Ana Nov. 11 4th Annual OC Veterans Day Awards Dinner 1751 S Lyon St Website
Stanton Nov. 11 Veterans Day Ceremony 10970 Cedar St. Website
Tustin Nov. 11 Veterans Day Camp FULL DAY 12850 Robinson Dr Website
Tustin Nov. 11 Veterans Day Celebration 1645 Valencia Ave Website
Westminster Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Camp 7220 Hazard Ave Website
Yorba Linda Nov.11 Veterans Day Celebration and Concert at the Nixon Library 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd Website
Yorba Linda Nov. 11 Veterans Day Memorial 4756 Valley View Av Website


Patricia Braun is the Owner and Publisher of My Local OC. She has been in Marketing for over 20-years and considers it a privilege to work in an industry that is not only her area of expertise but her passion as well.

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