OCEA Planning Celebration of Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Some of Orange County’s top elected officials will join the Orange County Employees Association and their hot dog wagon next Tuesday in front of the civic center to celebrate the killing of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden Sunday by a team of Navy Seals led by the CIA.

“We’ll be serving hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in front of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza (by the Marine Corps Memorial jet) in Santa Ana as a tribute to all the men and women who have served in the war against terror and contributed to the elimination of the leader of Al-Qaeda,” read the email sent out to elected officials across the county this week from OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino.

Berardino, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, has sponsored several events in recent years around patriotic themes, such as election night parties to celebrate voting in America.

The OCEA hot dog wagon also was central this year at Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural, headlining an event just outside the Capitol steps billed as “the people’s inagural.”

Next week’s event is meant to “celebrate a victory in the war against terror.”

County Supervisors’ Chairman Bill Campbell, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and State Senator Lou Correa will lead a program of elected officials along with a color guard from the Sheriff’s Department and a pipes and drum band from the Orange County Fire Authority.