Orange County Honors Veterans at Heroes Hall

JULIE LEOPO, Voice of OC

Anita Beuschiein holds the memorial pamphlet for her husband, John Andrew Beuschiein. He served for 20 years in the military and passed away due to Agent Orange.

Orange County residents gathered Saturday, Nov. 10, to honor veterans at the Heroes Hall in Costa Mesa and to celebrate the Marine Corps 243rd birthday.

The free community celebration was organized by Workers Across California at the Heroes Hall exhibit at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

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Jose Seda, 82, is a full time volunteer. He served in the US Marine Corps For from 1953-57.. He enjoys volunteering. “It keeps me busy,” Seda says. “I also want to let me fellow veterans know there is support and that there is someone there to welcome them back home upon their return.”

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Nick Berardino leads the guests in a “OO-RAH” A battle cry familiar among marines. Berardino served as a machine gunner in Vietnam. He is now the Heroʼs Hall Foundation president.

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Pacifico Soldati, 35. Served in Afghanistan as an Army staff sergeant. He now lives in Irvine.

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Davina Bilow, 38. Marino Corps for Camp Pendleton, MCTSSA, and Futenma, Okinowa.

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Veterans sing in unison at a tribute for Veterans Day in Orange County on Nov. 10, 2018.

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Bill Price, right, and Buck Sergeant, left, served in World War II. Lives in Lake Forest.

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Mo Jones, was stationed in Guam, Camp Pendleton, Hawaii, and the Philippines.

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Bruce bender, 95 years old. The oldest Marine honored at the Orange County veterans tribute Nov. 10, 2018.

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Ron Grace, E-4 Marine, 73, enjoys the event with his wife Lin Grace, 68. Both live in Huntington Beach.

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Private Mateas, left, and Private Gonzalez, 9 are eager to greet guests.

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Left, Lenis Salazar, 17. Elizabeth Ortiz, 16. Erika Mata, 14. All live in Anaheim and are attending Magnolia High School where they are part of the JROTC program.

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Starting from right, Keith Elliot, Marine, received a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. George Rodriguez, 70, served in the Army during Vietnam. Robert Sanchez, 51, Marine, Vietnam. Dan Yates, 70, Vietnam, Marines infantry. Rick Garcia, 69, Norwalk, served in Vietnam.

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Dan Murray, 75, and Lyn Lillard, 72, stroll through the Orange County Fairgrounds. Murray, from Rancho Santa Margarita, served in the army as a military policeman.

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Lupita Ortiz, 57 from Garden Grove. Lupita holds back tears as she explains her gratitude for the men and women who served our country. “It is important we recognize their service and suffering and let them know we admire them for their sacrifice and fight.”

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Tariek Atchley, 21 of Huntington Beach, comes from a long line of veterans. He is volunteering at the virtual reality exhibit put on by USC. It allows veterans to revist combat in a virtual reality fashion. “It helps them reconcile and come one step above their PTSD, they are in control here,” Atchley says.

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Maria Solis Martinez served for 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. She was stationed in the Vietnam-era in Texas, Puerto Rico, Nebraska and Washington DC. She is 79 and resides in Anaheim.