What We Do

Memorial Day

We organize and participate in Orange County city’s Memorial Day ceremonies. Post members participate in Irvine’s Northwood Park Memorial Day ceremony and sets up an information table at the Bill Barbers Memorial Park.

  • Originally known as Decoration Day is a federal holiday to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many mourn family members that were veterans that died after being discharged. People place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national and state cemeteries.
  • Veteran organizations are invited to participate in Memorial Day services all over Orange County. Veteran organizations are asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, provide Honor Guards, place American Flags on graves, and sometimes conduct memorial services for family members.
  • Veteran organizations also pass out poppies in exchange for donations. Poppies are the flowers used as a symbol around the world to remember those who died in military service. They are often presented on graves in the form of wreaths since their circular shape represents eternity, continuity, and the circle of life.

Veterans Day

We organize and participate in Orange County city’s Veterans Day ceremonies. Post officers delivered thank-you letters and American flags to veterans that gave us their contact information and live in Irvine. We set up an information table at the Bill Barbers Memorial Park.

  • Originally known as Armistice Day is observed annually on November 11, to honor military veterans that were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
  • Veteran organizations from all over California participate in Memorial Day services. Vet organizations are asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, provide Honor Guards, place American Flags on graves, and sometimes conduct memorial services for family members. Or post officers passed out American Flags to veterans in Irvine in 2020.

Flag Retirement

We work with various organizations to retire American flags that are no longer fit to represent America. The Boy Scouts, Irvine’s Youth Action Team, and Irvine Fire Department training helps retire American flags.

  • Torn or worn-out American flags that are not fit to represent America should be Retired, and destroyed in an honorable way, and never thrown in the trash. Cloth flags can be burned during a Retirement Ceremony, but nylon and polyester flags cannot be burned due to the contaminants in the smoke.
  • One way to retire nylon American flags is to cut out the union (The blue field with stars) and separate the white stripes from the red strips. It is no longer an American flag once the union, red and white stripes are separated. A good percentage of flags needing retired are nylon, polyester, or plastic.

Veterans Visits

We visit our veteran brothers that are recovering or dying in the hospital. We have a special ceremony during the District meeting for those that died in recent months. Their name is called out, there is a pause and someone calls out “No Answer.” And taps are then played.

Veteran Cemetery

Our Members met with the Irvine City Council, Orange County Supervisors, and many California officials to support a veteran’s cemetery in Orange County. For more information, go to <>

Other activities

  • Food Drives for Marines
  • VA Hospital Christmas Party
  • Operation Santa Claus – Adopt a family
  • Input to Veteran related bills
  • Youth Action Team

American Legion Post 838