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By Brianna Bailey | April 30, 2010
The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor plans to line a scenic trail at Castaways Park with 1,776 American flags this month in honor of military veterans. “It’s a way for us to pay tribute to all veterans, living or dead,” said Exchange Club member Ed Romeo, who is helping to organize the display. The group chose to raise the flags in honor of year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The “Field of Honor,” as the Exchange Club has dubbed the project, is one of 16 similar efforts that will be sponsored by Exchange Clubs nationwide this year.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Kelsey Woo had no family ties to the military when she first competed a year ago for a national scholarship awarded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. But today she feels much closer to the nation's men and women in uniform. "I really have a deeper appreciation for all that they've sacrificed," said the 18-year-old Newport Beach resident. Last year, Woo made it to the state finals of the speech writing contest, but fell short of winning the VFW's $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship.
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May 6, 2013
UC Irvine police will do push-ups to raise money for veterans and their families this weekend at City Hall. A team comprised of UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey, Corporal Chris Bolano, Officer Annie Nguyen, Officer Paul Riscalla and Officer Matt Wroblewski will compete with other teams to squeeze as many push-ups as they can into 90 seconds. The teams are asking for donations for the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit that assists wounded veterans. The event is organized by the Irvine Police Department and Custom Bodies Fitness gym in Irvine.
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May 27, 2003
Coral Wilson Memorial Day is not just about sleeping in, barbecues and yard sales. "It is a day of reverence, reflection, prayer and patriotism," Costa Mesa Councilman Allan Mansoor said Monday at the 49th annual Memorial Day Services at Harbor Lawn Memorial Park and Mt. Olive Cemetery. Hundreds gathered on the vast lawn near veteran's graves, which were decorated with flags and flowers, to remember those who fought for their country. A special program of entertainment, commemoration and dedication honored those veterans, said Harold Hohl, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3536.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 18, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — In a sea of teenagers, veterans from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy stood out every few feet along long tables that filled up the Corona Del Mar High School gym. The veterans wore suits and ties or regular clothes, and a few were in full uniform. They represented World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq wars. One of them said he served in a "we-weren't-there" conflict in Latin America. One man served under Gen. George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, another was a Pearl Harbor survivor and another, Walter Ehlers, was a Medal of Honor recipient.
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By Brittany Woolsey | October 5, 2012
David Jenkins retired from the military last December. He went back to school to pursue his master's degree in organizational leadership but still sought help with transitioning back into civilian life. That's when the Reboot Workshop stepped in. Reboot is a three-week "holistic reintegration program" that helps veterans find their identity and purpose after military life but before they embark into the civilian world, said co-founder Maurice Wilson. He said that other programs only helped veterans after they had "already hit rock bottom and needed help to be rebuilt back up again.
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By Tom Ragan | June 2, 2010
N icole Irigoyen, a senior at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, has been spending quite a bit of time in a different sort of place for her senior class project. It's depressing but at times uplifting. The sad stories come at her full force, but so do the encouraging ones. The sight of the number of wheelchairs can be daunting, and yet they serve as testimony to survival. In short, it's the Living Community Center at the Long Beach VA Medical Center, and Irigoyen has caught the volunteer bug there.
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By Alicia Robinson | December 1, 2006
Although the number of Pearl Harbor veterans continues to dwindle, it doesn't mean they'll be forgotten, at least not in Newport Beach. The tall ship Lynx, a 122-foot topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, will host a remembrance of Pearl Harbor on Thursday that includes laying a wreath in the Pacific Ocean and a cannon salute. The educational foundation that runs the Lynx is looking for World War II veterans to participate in the ceremony, which is in its fifth year, but they're often tough to find.
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By Alicia Robinson | May 30, 2007
COSTA MESA — It took Harold "Bud" Hohl 22 years in the Marines, nearly 40 years leading a remembrance ceremony, and seven years working on plans for a memorial to get to this day. For some time, he's wanted to get the city a more substantial monument to veterans than the cannon that was installed at Harbor Lawn-Mount Olive Memorial Park in 1954. Today he's closer to his goal, but Hohl isn't finished. As a young man, after four and a half years working in the copper mines of Bisbee, Ariz.
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From staff reports | May 2, 2014
A bill that would allow the establishment of a state veterans cemetery in Orange County earned unanimous support in the Assembly's Veterans Affairs Committee, the bill's author, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), announced. The bill is expected to be heard in the Appropriations Committee next week. Quirk-Silva, who chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a statement, "Orange County's veterans and their families deserve an accessible location to celebrate the life and contributions of the brave men and women who have courageously served our nation.
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By Jill Cowan | April 25, 2014
Last month, Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran called for the formation of a committee to explore the idea of building a veterans cemetery in the Orange County Great Park . What he got at Tuesday night's council meeting, though, wasn't quite what he'd hoped for. While the council ultimately voted to move forward with the Ad Hoc State Veterans Cemetery Committee, it decided to deny Agran a role while seeking the participation of more regional...
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By Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
Local historians urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to approve a veterans garden for the fairgrounds to replace the one lost during the construction of the Pacific Amphitheatre more than 30 years ago. In a short presentation, Costa Mesa Historical Society President Bob Palazzola reminded the board and fairgrounds staff about the Orange County Memorial Garden Center , a 1.4-acre nonprofit facility erected in 1954 that commemorated the...
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By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 18, 2014
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chainlink fence at the windswept landscape - stripes of concrete marking a scrubby field framed by dark green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing the air over what was for decades a bustling military base, a place local servicemen and women have seen as a kind of home. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
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March 27, 2014
Orange Coast College signed a pledge this week to support veterans by enhancing resources, programs and policies for students who served in the military. The Costa Mesa community college joined the Education Pillar of Got Your 6, a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, cable television networks and talent agencies with the aim of improving the lives of American veterans, according to a news release. OCC, with a population of 600 student veterans, offers assistance through the campus Veteran Resource Center including tutoring, academic counseling and personal counseling and helps them access housing and financial aid, the release stated.
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By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that would honor veterans and the property's military heritage. The garden would be an appropriate addition to the fairgrounds' planned veterans exhibit near the Centennial Farm, the group told the board, and provide a park-like meeting place for county veterans where they could grow their own food like the victory gardens of yore. The group added that the land would signify the fairgrounds' history as a 150-acre section of the 1,336-acre Santa Ana Army Air Base, a World War II facility that was decommissioned in 1946.
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By Jill Cowan | March 21, 2014
For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many. At about 9,300 square feet, the second-floor office suite in the heart of downtown Santa Ana has upwards of three times the space of the organization's previous headquarters, which Tate described as "an open pit" where it was difficult to carry on a productive conversation with the homeless and at-risk veterans who...
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 20, 2014
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life. In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it. And bulimia made an early appearance - when he was still a toddler. A look into the rearview mirror reveals that it wasn't competitive swimming or the Atkins diet that helped him break the cycle of binging and purging. It was professional eating as the restaurant critic for the New York Times, a position he took the calculated risk of accepting.  The Newport Beach Public Library will host the 49-year-old veteran journalist, an op-ed columnist since 2011 and former Rome bureau chief for the Times, on Friday and Saturday.
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By Hannah Fry | March 20, 2014
Sophomores at Corona del Mar High School tossed aside their textbooks Thursday and welcomed a new way of learning about history: through the eyes of a veteran. More than 80 military men and women, some dressed in full uniform adorned with medals and other accolades, and countless teenagers filed into the gym for the annual Living History Program luncheon. The lunch is the culmination of the program, which has sophomore world history and European history students work together in small groups to interview a veteran about his or her experiences in the military.
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By Bradley Zint | February 27, 2014
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday approved steps to create a nonprofit organization whose primary goal would be set up a veterans exhibit at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Officials estimate that it will cost the organization $12,000 to $15,000 to form a federally recognized nonprofit, as well as create bylaws and policies. The board's legal counsel - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips - will do the work. Fair Board Director Nick Berardino, a Vietnam War-era Marine veteran, said the exhibit will honor the memories of those who served their country and show that "freedom isn't free.
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