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Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience

Freedom does not come free. No one knows better what it is like to have their freedom stripped from them than those who became prisoners of war while serving their country. Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience is a traveling exhibit created by the National Park Service. It explores the lives of POWs (Prisoners of War) and features four key themes: capture, prison life, those who wait, and freedom.


Visitors will hear stories of POWs from throughout American history from the Civil War to the Iraq War.  They will also experience the tragic yet inspirational stories of former POWs from Orange County who experienced starvation, deprivation and isolation in camps in Germany, Korea and Vietnam.

Voices: Veterans Story Telling Project

The voices of veterans come alive at Heroes Hall at  OC Fair & Event Center as former military men and women share their very personal and poignant stories of service.

VOICES is the culmination of a six-week veterans’ storytelling workshop


Heroes Hall at OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA  92626

Admission: FREE
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Due to the nature of the content, this program is suitable for adults and mature youth. The event is held outdoors, please dress accordingly. For more information, call (714) 708-1613



OC Heroes Hall Dedication Ceremony—Nov. 11, 2016

Please join us on Veterans Day November 11, 2016, for the much anticipated dedication of Heroes Hall, the new veterans museum building at the OC Fair & Event Center. The only Orange County museum dedicated to the stories and sacrifices of those that served in our military, the new Heroes Hall veterans museum will be housed in a 1942 cadet barracks that is being renovated for rotating exhibitions.

Details regarding this special Veterans Day celebration will be announced shortly.


Click here for photos of the renovation in action.

Heroes Hall has landed

On Monday, April 25, the OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) took on a massive, all-day project to move an approximately 50,000-pound, 5,000-square-foot, two-story WWII-era building a half mile through the property to its permanent home for the new Heroes Hall Veterans museum which will debut Veterans Day 2016.