Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to publicly honor our country’s veterans including members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard. This official holiday, which was originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate World War I vets, is now nationally observed each year on November 11. This year, there are an abundance of Veterans Day commemorations throughout Los Angeles including parades, ceremonies and observances. Local events give the public a chance to acknowledge our war heroes and reflect on this day.
Annual La Habra Veterans Day Event
La Habra Community Center
101 W. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Named a Purple Heart City, La Habra businesses and community members will be honoring men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. The event is free and includes a breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The program, which begins at 11 a.m., will include a special video presentation recognizing the city as a Purple Heart City, and honoring Purple Heart recipients, Korean War veterans and anyone who was or is a La Habra resident who served in any branch of the U.S. military forces. Congress chartered the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 1958.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Veterans Day Commemoration
40 Presidential Dr.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Date: Nov. 11, 2014
To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host its annual Veterans Day event on Tuesday, November 11. The day’s activities include a flyover, live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. A special program will begin at 11 a.m., and will feature an honor guard, a choir and remarks by one of the nation’s veterans. All Veterans Day activities are free for the public to attend. Regular museum admission rates apply to visit the exhibits, including “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit.” Veterans with valid ID will receive free admission to the museum. Active military members with valid ID are always free.
Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley
Palmdale Amphitheatre at Marie Kerr Park
2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA 93551
Date: Nov. 6-11, 2014
The Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley (AV Wall) will be on display with viewings running from November 6-11. A candlelight memorial walk will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 9 p.m. The AV Wall was created and built to honor Antelope Valley and surrounding area U.S. military vets who have served their country to welcome them to a peaceful place to reflect and heal. This wall project was entirely funded by donations by the community and originated from the 2005 Palmdale Playhouse production of “A Piece of My Heart” – a true story that follows the lives of six women who served in the Vietnam War and the soldiers they cared for.
Veterans Day at Richard Nixon Presidential Museum & Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Date: Nov. 11, 2014
The Richard Nixon Library has a patriotic program to commemorate Veterans Day that will honor all veterans who have served this nation. Guests are invited in to the White House East Room where former National Security Advisor Robert “Bud” McFarlane will open the event with keynote remarks. Following Mr. McFarlane’s comments will be a formal Presentation of the Colors and musical performances. This event is free and open to the public and brings a strong showing of veterans.
Battleship USS Iowa Museum’s Veterans Appreciation
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90731
Date: Nov. 8-11, 2014
In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the Port of Los Angeles, the Battleship USS Iowa Museum is hosting a Veterans Appreciation with kick-off ceremonies starting on November 8, and a Veterans Day program on November 11. The two-day celebration will include family fun activities and free tours for all active duty military and veterans. The Pacific Battleship Center is a unique place to not only celebrate American patriotism, but educate through the preservation and history of the Battleship IOWA, a ship that saw World War II.