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Costa Mesa's 60th Anniversary Celebration

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In honor of Veterans Day, The Costa Mesa Historical Society presents its annual salute to our veterans with speaker (Staff Sergeant) David Lester, US Army on Sunday, November 16, 2014 highlighting his participation in the Battle of the Bulge. David was a combat engineer with the 30th Infantry (Old Hickory) Division and served from June 1942 to September 1945 as well as serving reserve duty as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean Conflict.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of he Battle of the Bulge which ran from Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945 and was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe in a last ditch attempt to recapture the important harbor of Antwerp.  

David was the recipient of the Bronze Star with V, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Purple Heart, Victory Medal, European Campaign Bar with 3 Bronze Stars and Belgium Fourragere. Besides participation in the Battle of the Bulge, he was among the first troops to liberate Belgium and Holland as well among the first to invade Germany. 

Mr. Lester belongs to the Freedom Committee of Orange County ( whose members speak to high school students and civic groups to bring “living history” into the classroom and instill a sense of patriotism in future generations.

So bring a friend and come learn firsthand from someone who was there!

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Doors open at 2:00, program at 2:30. Free admission and refreshments. We are located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. For further information call (949) 631-5918, visit   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society  




Come enjoy the Denwar Exhibit and also check out our gift shop for Denwar and other Costa Mesa related items!

Give the gift of history and help support the CMHS at the same time!

Lots of books and memorabilia to select from including commemorative plates, paperweights and SAAAB items, note paper, postcards and out of print items.

And we have many historic photos to choose from for your home, office or gift!



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The Costa Mesa Historical Society welcomes you to its online home.  The Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit group whose mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history of the Costa Mesa area.

We encourage anyone interested in Costa Mesa history to explore our website.  Also, we extend an open invitation to interested individuals, families, students, professionals, businesses and organizations to become members of the Society.

This website contains but a tiny sampling of the many resources available to you.  Please contact us should you need more information.