Tribute to the Troops Draws hundreds to OC Civic Center

OC Veterans of the Vietnam War join in the recognition of the troups at County ceremony May 10, 2011

SANTA ANA — Lunch time outside the County Hall of Administration was filled with hundreds of people, a few speeches, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, Fire Authority Fife and Drum Corps, and free lunch. All in recognition of the service of our men and women in the military who have served our country past and present. Originally it was just a simple idea from the Orange County Employees Association to offer hotdogs and drinks in recognition of the successful conclusion of the almost 10 year search for Osama bin Laden. The event evolved in scale as Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Board Chairman Bill Campbell, and State Senator Lou Correa asked to join in the tribute.

The last speakers of the half hour program were the close friends of Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL from Garden Grove who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for saving other members of his team by selflessly blocking the detonation of an enemy grenade in combat in Iraq.

Joel Barker, remembers his childhood friend Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor