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.
Join us at the OC Fair & Event Center for live music and entertainment; free hot dogs; veterans resource fair; free health screenings; job access for veterans; historic military vehicles; care packages and thank you cards; activities for kids; and more. Parking is free. Please enter at Gate 3 or 4.
Each day from now until Veterans Day, Voice of OC will publish a series in our opinion section that showcases Orange County veterans who received the highest honors the U.S. military bestows on soldiers for their heroic actions in combat.
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.
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.