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Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa with a preview of Saturday’s SALUTE TO VETERANS event at the OC Fair and Event Center. The free community celebration is in honor of Veterans Day. SALUTE TO VETERANS takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9th at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

The event includes free hot dogs for all attendees, family-friendly activities, entertainment and a Veterans Resource Fair. Opening ceremonies for the event will include a city address by Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.

Representatives of the non profit organization HELMETS TO HARD HATS are participating to help veterans with career opportunities to transition from the military to employment. (

Emmy-Award winning newscaster Ed Arnold will help emcee a dedication and unveiling of the A-4M Skyhawk Aircraftat Heroes Hall, which was relocated last month from the Civic Center in Santa Ana. Representatives from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation will join former A-4M Skyhawk pilots in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Also, the event will feature a plaque dedication for Thomas P. Clark, Jr. in the Heroes Hall Walk of Honor, as well as a cake cutting ceremony with the United States Marines in honor of the 244th U.S. Marine Corps birthday.

While the event and parking are free, guests are encouraged to bring donations for the food drive for veterans . All donations will go to Disabled American Veterans , a group that distributes donations to various organizations that help homeless veterans. Please bring non-perishable food items such as canned and instant soups, pastas, canned fruits and vegetables, baby food, or gift cards to purchase food. Also accepted: toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo and toilet paper, as well as baby items like diapers, bottles and clothing. ( (

During the event, Heroes Hall will be open to guests, featuring the newest exhibit, Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of World War II . The veterans museum is open year-round and also features the exhibit The SAAAB Story, which chronicles the history of the Santa Ana Army Airbase.

The celebration will continue until 4 p.m. with free admission to the OC Market Place , located near Heroes Hall.

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
10am to 2pm
Salute to Veterans: Free Community Celebration
OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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