Heroes Hall Exhibitions


Bravemind – Opening June 28, 2018

Soldiers may never forget what it’s like, but it’s not always easy to describe. With the virtual reality technology of Bravemind, you can see what they’ve seen, feel what they’ve felt, and fear what they’ve feared – all within the safe confines of an exhibition at Heroes Hall. Bravemind, created by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, uses VR to not only immerse viewers into the world of a soldier at war, but to help those in need. Using established therapeutic techniques, Bravemind can help veterans come to terms with PTS symptoms, and the technology can also be used for resilience training prior to deployment. Experience this fascinating and eye-opening exhibition first-hand, and learn about how Bravemind has become a valuable resource for helping our military and veterans.

Kimberly Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom 

U.S. Army Public Affairs Specialist Kimberly Millett spent two deployments documenting the Iraqi War. Through photographs and commentary, Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom exhibition is an unbridled look at her interactions with Iraqis, the generals in charge of the war and the military fighting it. Rather than recording the violence of military confrontation, Millett highlights the times between conflict, when it is safe to show some intimacy and humanity. 

The SAAAB Story

The SAAAB Story exhibition celebrates the history of the flight training center, its contribution to the war effort, the airmen that served here and its role in the development of the growth of Orange County through film, photographs, maps, oral histories, works of art, and ephemera.

The Medal of Honor Courtyard and Orange County Walk of Honor

The Medal of Honor Courtyard and Orange County Walk of Honor are tributes to veterans from Orange County who received the highest honors that the United State government bestows for acts of valor and heroism. There are 28 plaques celebrating the stories of these veterans; 11 received the Medal of Honor. These plaques are arranged on pillars that surround the Medal of Honor Courtyard. There are 17 plaques lining the Orange County Walk of Honor that include veterans that have received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Force Cross and the Navy Cross.

Each side of the five-sided pillar at the entrance of the Medal of Honor Courtyard has a plaque commemorating the following:

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War (all Orange County residents who lost their lives in the war)
  • Iraq War

AMVETS (American Veterans) commissioned the plaques in 1988. They were installed at the Civic Center in Santa Ana until they were removed in 2016 and brought to Heroes Hall veterans museum and education center. Names are added as new information becomes available.

Past Exhibitions

The Things They Carried (February 15 – October 1, 2017)

The Things They Carried is loosely based on the book by Tim O’Brien and offers a glimpse into veterans’ personal experiences of war. Working in conjunction with local veterans groups, the stories of Orange County veterans are gathered and told through the personal objects they carried into conflict. Some stories from the book The Things They Carried will be added to the exhibition and members of the community will be invited to share their experiences as well, especially veterans from the Gulf War. The exhibition will consist of the objects that individual veterans carried with them as well as film, audio, photography, text and art.