On June 18, 2013, the Tustin City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring every Friday, in the City of Tustin, to be “Red Shirt Friday.” Red Shirt Friday is a nationwide initiative that is recognized amongst various organizations, private businesses and public entities that visibly demonstrates support for our men and women in uniform.
Tustin’s participation is a simple gesture that demonstrates our longstanding support for military service members, and we invite residents, visitors and employees to embrace Red Shirt Friday.
The Red Shirt Friday Program originated in 1945 during WWII to show support for the military as they defended our country. Currently, there are eight cities in Orange County, aside from Tustin, who have also proclaimed to support Red Shirt Friday: Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, Brea, La Habra, Westminster, Orange, and Anaheim, and Los Alamitos.
Purple Heart City
On February 18, 2014 Tustin has officially designated a “Purple Heart” city, the second city in Orange County to hold the title designed to honor American veterans who have fallen or been wounded during combat. A purple heart is a medal given to those in the U.S. military who are wounded or killed while serving. California became the nation’s first Purple Heart state, and in 2013 Orange County became a Purple Heart county.