Local events will honor Veterans Day this weekend

Local events will honor Veterans Day this weekend
Army veteran and Amvets Legion of Honor member Robert Sanchez, center, took three generations of his family to last year’s Salute to Veterans at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. This year’s event is Saturday at Heroes Hall. (File Photo)

Several local events will honor the service of veterans this weekend.

Among them, the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa will host a free Salute to Veterans on Saturday at Heroes Hall.


Salute to Veterans — presented in collaboration with the Orange County Employees Assn. — will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature live entertainment, a hot dog lunch, free health screenings, child-friendly activities, a blood drive, veterans resources and a job fair.

“It is an honor for us to celebrate the men and women who serve our country, those who protect our freedom,” Fair & Event Center Chief Executive Kathy Kramer said in a statement. “We hope to have a great turnout at Salute to Veterans so these amazing individuals from all branches of the military can see and feel that appreciation.”


Community members also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to veterans in need.

“For far too long, veterans didn’t get the services and support they need when they come home from serving our country, and we are proud to stand together with workers and community leaders to change that,” OCEA General Manager Jennifer Beuthin said in a statement.

The Fair & Event Center is at 88 Fair Drive. For more information, visit

Here are other Veterans Day commemorations in the area:

Segerstrom Center

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will present the third annual Center Salutes Our Veterans celebration on Sunday with live entertainment, storytelling and patriotic displays.

The free event will run from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

Guests also can help assemble care packages that will be sent to active military members.

For more information, visit The Segerstrom Center is at 600 Town Center Drive.

Huntington Beach ceremony

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza, 325 Pacific Coast Hwy.

City officials will participate along with the local American Legion Post 133.

For more information, visit

Car show

A Veterans Day car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Huntington City Beach, 400 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Visitor admission is free.

Car registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America.

To register or for more information, call (714) 785-7621.

Flag planting

Want to decorate Corona del Mar to commemorate Veterans Day? The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help with its tradition of placing the Stars and Stripes along Coast Highway.

To participate, meet at 6 a.m. Monday in front of the chamber office at 2855 E. Coast Hwy., between Starbucks and the Port Theater.

To help with take-down, meet at 4 p.m. at the same location.

3:10 p.m. Nov. 8: This article was updated throughout.

This article was originally published at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 7.