ceremonies across Santa Barbara County to greet veterans scheduled for Thursday | Local News


A brief air show in Santa Barbara and a free barbecue in Santa Maria are two of the ways the Central Coast will honor veterans on Thursday.

Veterans Day ceremonies and other events are planned across the county, with some activity returning after takeoff in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The holiday began as a day to reflect on the heroism of those who died in First World War, on the occasion of the November 11 anniversary of the 1918 armistice between the allied nations and Germany – “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

The Santa Barbara Community Veterans Day ceremony, presented by Veterans of foreign wars after 1649 and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, will begin at 10 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive.

The ceremony will take place near the main mast, with seating for up to 500 people and additional standing.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early from the air show by The Condor Squadron starts at 10 a.m.

Following an overview of the Condor Squadron, the ceremony will include the participation of the UCSB Color Guard and the Gold Coast Pipe & Drum Band; performances by David Gonzales and the Santa Barbara Choral Society; and the speeches of the inhabitants of the district.

Organizers also held a flyover of a Navy Hawkeye Airborne Command and Control E-2 aircraft on Thursday.

As per the COVID mandates of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, all participants must bring and wear their own face covering that fully covers the nose and mouth with earrings (or similar) to keep it securely in place. square.

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with external valves, and face shields alone are not recommended.

Further ceremonies, involving members of the local American Legion and veteran positions of foreign wars, will take place Thursday in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc, Solvang and Guadalupe.

At Santa Maria Cemetery, 1501 S. College Drive, speakers will include Col. Jessica R. Spitler, commander of the 30th Medical Group at Space Force Base Vandenberg. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will include the laying of wreaths as well as a veterans salute for those who have not received a proper shipment.

Also in Santa Maria, lawyer Michael Clayton will once again host a free barbecue lunch for veterans and active duty military members and their immediate families. For anyone else, meals can be purchased for $ 5 each.

Meals will be served between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, 1309 N. Bradley Road.

In Lompoc, Colonel David A. Rickards, Director of Personnel for Space Launch Delta 30, will be among the speakers at the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

In Guadalupe, Colonel Christopher M. Sheffield, Vice Commander of Delta 30 Space Launch, will participate in the ceremony which begins at 11 a.m. near the flagpole at Guadalupe Cemetery at the corner of West Main Street (Hwy 166) and Guadalupe Street (Highway 1).

In the Santa Ynez Valley, Colonel Robert Long, Commander of Delta 30 Space Launch, will speak at the ceremony which begins at 11 a.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive.

The event includes a flag raising in front of the hall, the national anthem and performances by the Santa Ynez Valley Choir and the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School group.

Saturday, the first Hi from Santa Ynez to the vets will include a parade, a military vehicle display and a program in front of the Non-conformist living room, 3687 Sagunto Street,

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., going up Sagunto Street from the Maverick Saloon to the Red Barn, then loop around Santa Ynez and back to Maverick on Meadowvale.

Following the parade, there will be a military vehicle display and program in front of the Maverick Saloon with military speakers, an orchestra and a pin-up contest.

All donations raised will benefit Tri-Counties veterans and their families through the Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation.

For more information visit www.salutetothevets.org.


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