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Photos and Story by Allison Jarrell

The fifth annual Heroes Nite Out tribute, hosted by local nonprofit Homefront America, took place Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano. Each year, the evening honors those who don United States military uniforms for their commitment and dedication to protecting residents’ freedoms, while also paying tribute to their supporting spouses.

Net proceeds go to fund Homefront America’s year-round programs for military families. The event was free to all active duty military.

About 200 military personnel were at this year’s event from all five branches of the military, ranging from the most junior enlisted to commanding officers from 17 different commands.

The night’s special guest speaker was Lt. Col. Jerry A. Singleton, USAF (Ret), Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient and former Vietnam prisoner of war. The United States Marine Corps Band from the 3rd Marine Corps Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar, played at the beginning of the ceremony, and the Color Guard was from the 1st Battalion, 11th Marines from Camp Pendleton. Entertainment was provided by the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band, sponsored by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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