VU in U.S. Veterans Magazine


U.S. Veterans Magazine has named Vanguard University in its Summer 2015 results for Best of the Best. The magazine links companies and government entities to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans. The magazine also provides important veteran news, covering virtually every industry, business and profession.

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for the 2015 Best of the Best evaluations. The annual review is an assessment of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups…


Click here to read the full PRESS RELEASE! 


Veterans Center Open House



Construction is almost complete on the Scott Academic Center! The Through These Doors renovations include a brand new Vanguard Veterans Center. Please join us at any (or all) of these Open House events:

  • August 31 from 3-5pm
  • September 1 from 5-7pm
  • September 2 from 7-9pm

We are still located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Academic Center next to the Scott-Judkins Upperdeck courtyard. Light refreshments will be served.

Brian Burlingame
(714) 966-5447 |



Veterans Housing Summit

The American Legion is hosting a Veterans Housing Summit on Saturday, August 29 from 9am-2pm.

Cost is FREE for any Veterans to attend.

- VA Home Loan Assistance
- VA Certificate of Eligibility
- Home Loan Pre-Approval
- Housing Services Expo
- Credit Counseling
- Down Payment Assistance
- Free Continental Breakfast

- Raffle prizes… and more!

Please invite your friends and family to attend.




Welcome Week Veterans Booth

We will host a Vanguard University Veterans booth at the ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood Expo’ on Sunday, August 23. The Expo event will take place in the newly renovated Scott Academic Center from 3:30pm-6pm. Cost is FREE for Vanguard students to attend.

This is a time for new students to learn more about VU clubs and ways they can be involved.

Please stop by and visit us!




2014 Move-In Day Volunteers

2015 Move-In Day Volunteers



Join us in welcoming our Vanguard University – Class of 2019 freshmen, transfers, and their families!


Friday, August 21, 2015
[Veterans Club and Vanguard University Alumni]

8AM – 2PM | Towers Lobby
… It’s an annual VU tradition to help move new students into their dorms! Veterans Club students and Alumni: Join Frontline students in carrying luggage and boxes to Laguna, Huntington, and Catalina Hall.


We need as much help as we can get! You will receive a free Vanguard University Veterans Center T-shirt to wear (and keep) in exchange for your service.


**If you would like to volunteer, please EMAIL your Name, Class Year, Contact Info, and T-Shirt size to by Wednesday, August 19.


Welcome Week schedule –


Lauren Francis
Vanguard University Alumni
(714) 966-5494 |

Event hashtags – #WELCOME2VU #vuVeterans @vanguardu


2014 Move-In Day Volunteers

2014 Move-In Day Volunteers




OC Fair – Costa Mesa Day



Starting the first full week, the Orange County Fair will celebrate individual cities in the county every weekday with a Community Flag Salute.

Legion3.560Representatives of these cities are welcome to lead Fair-goers in the singing of the National Anthem as the flag is raised.

Thursday, July 23
12:30PM | OC Fair Hangar

On these days, the OC Fair also offers residents of Costa Mesa a $2 discount admission coupon available at local city halls or libraries. The coupon is valid for up to 4 people and original coupons must be presented.

Fair admission is FREE for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID (DD214, etc.) Not valid for spouses or dependents

Come celebrate your city with the OC Fair:Legion1.560

  • Wednesday, July 22 Laguna Niguel, Huntington Beach & Westminster
  • Thursday, July 23 Costa Mesa
  • Friday, July 24 La Habra, Newport Beach & Seal Beach
  • Wednesday, July 29 La Palma, Lake Forest & Orange
  • Thursday, July 30 Anaheim, Fullerton & San Clemente
  • Friday, July 31 Los Alamitos, Placentia & Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Wednesday, August 5 Aliso Viejo, Cypress, Laguna Beach & Yorba Linda
  • Thursday, August 6 Laguna Woods & Tustin
  • Friday, August 7 Garden Grove, Santa Ana & Villa Park
  • Wednesday, August 12 Dana Point, Laguna Hills & Stanton
  • Thursday, August 13 Brea, Irvine & San Juan Capistrano
  • Friday, August 14 Buena Park, Fountain Valley & Mission Viejo

Click here to learn more about 2015 OC Fair Special Events.

Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center
(714) 966-5447 |




Vanguard University Library

VRC Summer Location


We are very excited about the construction on the Scott Academic Center. The Through These Doors campaign (to renovate the Scott Academic Center) includes the expansion of the Veterans Resource Center too.

While construction progresses, our Vanguard Veterans Center will temporarily be located on the second floor of the O. Cope Budge Library.

Our staff and resources will still be available throughout the summer. Please come visit us!

Brian Burlingame 
Veterans Center Coordinator
(714) 966-5447 |

Memorial Day Significance


MEMORIAL DAY Significance


Around the Nation


On the last Monday in May at war memorials and cemeteries across the United States, we will again celebrate a tradition that began three years after the Civil War ended. There will be speeches, patriotic songs and flags. To me, it’s a “feel good” day for America.


At the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. every year, an American flag is placed upon each of the 260,000 graves and the president or vice president lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.


Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was declared so in 1868 by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, head of an organization of Union veterans, for the nation to decorate the graves of the Civil War dead with flowers.


After World War I, the day was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars, not just the Civil War. Then in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday.




Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.


Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.


History2On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).


It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.


Red Poppies


In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:


We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skiesHistory3

That blood of heroes never dies.


She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and History4Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.


Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


National Moment of Remembrance


The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3PM local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”


Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center coordinator
(714) 966-5447 |

Social Media hashtags – #vuVeterans @vanguardu