O.C. supervisors honor John Wayne with a proclamation

The same day the Newport Beach City Council voted to declare May 26 as John Wayne Day in honor of the late actor's birthday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors presented a proclamation to Wayne's family commemorating his life and legacy.

Board Vice Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Todd Spitzer gave the proclamation to Wayne's son Ethan during Tuesday morning's board meeting. The supervisors took no formal vote on the item.

"In the world we live in today, filled with reality TV stars and celebrities willing to do anything to gain their 15 minutes of fame, it is imperative that we honor those who exemplified the values and qualities of what it means to be a true American," Steel said in a statement.

The Newport City Council unanimously signed off Tuesday afternoon on a resolution designating May 26 each year as John Wayne Day as a tribute to the legendary movie star known for his rugged cowboy roles. He called Newport Beach home from the 1960s until his death in 1979.

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