Sunday, February 18 , 2018, 6:39 pm | A Few Clouds 58º


Local News

‘Remembering Our Fallen’ Honors Those Who Died in War on Terror

The city of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce invite the public to the Remembering Our Fallen photographic exhibit which will be on display Saturday, Dec. 3 until Friday, Dec. 9 at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 S. McClelland St.  Admission is free.
“Remembering Our Fallen” was created by Patriotic Productions to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The legacy of the exhibit is to ensure that the men and women that fell during the War on Terror will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken.
Hours for the Remember Our Fallen Exhibit are noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. On Dec. 5, 6 and 8, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit will be open all day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
A program and wreath presentation at the Freedom Monument will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. It coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 15th anniversary of the attacks that occurred in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

Gold Star family members, veterans and active duty military personnel are especially encouraged to attend the ceremony or visit any time during the week.
Patriotic music will be presented during the exhibit by the Tri-City Sweet Adeline’s Chorus and the Central City Chordsman Quartet. Military documentaries about World War, II, Vietnam War and the War on Terror will be shown each day in the Media Center.
“We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the memorial.

“While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living ... to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military,” he said.
The exhibit is made up of photographs of Californian men and women killed in a war zone, and serves as a stark reminder and emotional memorial. The goal is to complete a national traveling memorial that will include all of our country’s Fallen from The War on Terror.
The Santa Maria Freedom Monument Veterans Memorial outside the youth center lists the names of 112 fallen Santa Maria Valley veterans. That includes those lost to the War on Terror: Joseph Heredia, Daniel Johnson, Garry Rimes, Kenneth Alvarez, Gerardo Chavez, Joseph Menusa and Shawn Dressler.
Questions regarding the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 925-0951 ext. 2260, or visit for more information about similar events.

— Mark van de Kamp for city of Santa Maria.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >