Veterans Tribute

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 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 fill out our online Veterans Gallery Application Form.

Anaheim Veterans Monument

The Anaheim Veterans Monument is located adjacent to the Muzeo in downtown Anaheim (241 South Anaheim Boulevard). Anaheim's 9-foot high Veterans Monument was dedicated on December 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 2 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, 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 3 designated banner locations. In addition, the City honors these fallen heroes by recognizing them on a dedicated City webpage.

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 1st Purple Heart State in 2012, and Orange County is poised to become a Purple Heart County in 2013.