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

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  • 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 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu




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 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

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 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

Social Media hashtags – #vuVeterans @vanguardu

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Memorial Day Donations

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The Finish Line is in sight! We are THIS close to fulfilling our $7 Million dollar goal for the Through These Doors campaign to renovate the Scott Academic Center.

Monday, June 1
Through These Doors

Vanguard University is able to accept gifts of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Those who make gifts of $100+ will have their name listed on our Donor Wall.

**Ways to Give**
- Online: https://connect.vanguard.edu/throughthesedoors

- Mail: Make checks payable to Vanguard University. An official receipt will be issued after we receive your gift. Mail checks to:

Vanguard University
Office of University Advancement
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

- Phone: Call Kristine Fray, Gift Processor, at (714) 966-5443

- Other (Monthly Giving & Electronic Fund Transfer, Memorials and Tributes, Stocks and Other Appreciated Assets, IRA Rollover): http://www.throughthesedoors.com/how-to-give/

Office of University Advancement
(714) 966-5443 | throughthesedoors@vanguard.edu




Notes for Troops

Write TodayWe are in need of caring citizens and Veterans to help us write notes for troops deployed overseas. These notes will be included in 1000 care packages that are assembled every month with the Costa Mesa chapter of Operation Interdependence.

We have stationery and pens available in the Veterans Resource Center. You are welcome to use your own and deliver/mail them to us too -

Vanguard University Veterans
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Please help us spread word. We could use your help to write as many notes as we can!



Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center coordinator
(714) 966-5447 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu


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2015 Challenge Coin Ceremony


Congratulations to our graduating Veterans! We are so proud of these students that will represent

- Vanguard University Class of 2015 -

Brian Cogdel, Air Force
Ben Donde, Air Force and Army
Brian Fleenor, Air Force
Gloria Hernandez, Army National Guard
Adam Scheenstra, Army
Mike Sudan, Marine Corps
Chau “Hope” Tran, Navy

… This is a group photo of the Veterans who came to show their support at our annual Challenge Coin Ceremony. THANKS to all the friends, family, and Vanguard faculty and staff that were there too.


For photos/video from the event, follow @vanguardu on Instagram. More official photos will be posted on our Veterans Facebook page soon!


Brian Burlingame
714.966.5447 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu



Veterans Chapel

Veterans Chapel 2015

Come join us for this 4th Annual tradition -

Thursday, April 16
8pm | Needham Chapel

… Veterans, come to the Needham Chapel courtyard at 7:30pm for a time of fellowship. You are welcome to wear your Military uniforms too!

Chapel credit will be offered.

Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center coordinator
(714) 668-6124 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #vuChapel



April 16 lecture

Bob Martin Lecture

The Vanguard Veterans club joins the VU Forum and Rise Club (other Vanguard students clubs) in remembering Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Join us in this special information meeting to learn more…

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Perspectives on Sexual Assault and Its Prevention
with Bob Martin, Law Enforcement

9:30AM | Heath 109
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April 16 lecture

Denim Day

Denim Day 2015

Denim Day The Vanguard Veterans club joins the VU Forum and Rise Club to participate in Denim Day on Thursday, April 23.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, these clubs are inviting the Vanguard community to wear their denim as a symbol of protest against the destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Vanguard serves to protect its students. Our campus would like to embody its violence-free environment by making a rise against injustice.


Make a social statement, and wear denim for justice!


Denim Day poster

US News

U.S. News & World Report Announces Vanguard University in Top 12 Best Colleges, #5 for Veterans Schools

US News


U.S. News & World Report released the 30th edition of its leading Best Colleges rankings, measuring academic excellence. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA holds onto its spot in the top 12 Best Colleges in the West, with a new #5 ranking for Best Regional College in the West for veterans.

The 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students navigate their college and university options. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence such as graduation and retention rates…

Click here to read the official press release.

Thanks to The Daily Pilot for featuring this great recognition as well.


Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator
(714) 966-5447 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu