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The City of Anaheim is proud to recognize the brave men and women of the Armed Forces through active service recognition and honor to Anaheim veterans.

Anaheim Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans from all branches of the military are honored in Anaheim on at a special Veterans Day celebration hosted by the City of Anaheim. The ceremony is typically held at the City's Veterans Monument in downtown Anaheim and the public is invited to attend and pay tribute to the brave men and women who willingly served our country.

For more information on City Events please visit our Events Calendar.

Anaheim Community Events
Each year the City of Anaheim honors our veterans and active military personnel at special events including: 

·         Memorial Day

·         Flag Day Parade

·         4th of July Parade

·         Veterans Day Celebration

·         Military Banner Ceremony

·         Yellow Ribbon Experience

For more information on City Events please visit our Events Calendar.

Anaheim Veterans Gallery
The Anaheim Veterans Gallery honors veterans who submit a personal photo and a brief story of their service to our country.  To be part of the Anaheim Veterans Gallery please click here. 

 

 

Anaheim Veterans Monument
The Anaheim Veterans Monument is located adjacent to the Muzeo in downtown Anaheim (241 S. Anaheim Blvd.). Anaheim's 9-foot high Veterans Monument was dedicated on Dec. 4, 1999, and designed by Orange County artist Richard Turner. The monument, made from bronze-relief and concrete, depicts all branches of the military from wars of the 20th century. Turner's research in the Anaheim Library led him to include images depicting actual Anaheim residents. The monument is flanked by two fountains, representative of water washing away years of conflict.

Anaheim Marine Adoption Committee – 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
The Anaheim Marine Adoption Committee supports the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and their families on an ongoing basis, both when units are at home and deployed. In return, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit provides community support by participating in Anaheim community events.  The goal is to encourage mutually beneficial interaction between the community and military personnel.

Military Banner Program
The Military Banner Program is designed to honor Anaheim residents that are currently deployed in our nations' military.  Active military personnel are honored and recognized through a city dedicated webpage on anaheim.net, and with a banner displayed on a streetlight pole in various locations throughout Anaheim to show the City's public expression of gratitude.  The City has proudly recognized 72 honorees since the inception of the program.

Honor Fallen Heroes
The City honors Anaheim residents who served in the military that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country.  In respect for our fallen heroes, the City pays special tribute at the Military Banner Ceremony and honors them with a military banner in each of the three designated banner locations.  In addition, the City honors these fallen heroes by recognizing them on a dedicated City webpage. 

Veterans Memorial Burial Flag Flying Program
The Veterans Working Group is asking for residents to nominate a veteran to be honored at the Veterans Memorial, residents may submit names of departed veterans for consideration to the group by completing the application form and email to veterans@anaheim.net or by calling (714) 765-5162.   Burial Flags are flown at the Veterans Memorial located at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd.  A burial flag shall be flown for a period of two weeks at which time the flag will be retired by the American Legion with dignity and respect.  Once the burial flag is lowered, a flag will be raised and flown in honor of all veterans. The applicant will be notified of the time and date when a volunteer honor guard will raise and lower the flag for retirement.  Upon request the flag is returned to the applicant, if you would like the flag retired, the flag will be retired accordingly and not returned to the family.

Red Shirt Fridays
The City Council proclaimed Anaheim a Red Shirt Friday in October 2013 to encourage residents to show their support for military members by wearing red shirts on Fridays throughout the year. Long-sleeved, short-sleeved, collared, t-shirts, stripes or solids, don your red shirts and together we can show our support and say thank you for those who currently serve. Visitors to Anaheim City Hall and other City facilities can also observe City employees supporting Red Shirt Fridays. Red Shirt Friday is a small but growing grassroots effort in the United States to honor service members in the Armed Forces who are actively deployed overseas. Red Shirt Friday has been adopted by local governments, community groups and private businesses across the nation.

Purple Heart City
February 2014, the Anaheim City Council proclaimed Anaheim a Purple Heart City. The Purple Heart is given to U.S. military members who are wounded or killed in combat. Cities are eligible for recognition under the national Military Order of the Purple Heart. California became the nation’s first Purple Heart State in 2012, and Orange County is poised to become a Purple Heart County in 2013.