The open air ceremony begins with a flyover by The Condor Squadron.

The open air ceremony begins with a flyover by The Condor Squadron. (Courtesy photo)

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1649 and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) will again host the Santa Barbara community Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive.

The open air ceremony begins at 11 a.m. sharp with a flyover by The Condor Squadron; then presentations and performances by the UCSB Color Guard; Gold Coast Pipe & Drum Band; David Gonzales and the Santa Barbara Choral Society, The Prime Time Band, and local guest speakers.

The venue’s driveway will be decorated with dozens of American flags, along with flags marking the graves of fellow citizens who gave their lives in the service of our country.

The ceremony will take place near the main flagpole, with seating available for up to 500. There is additional standing room and plenty of parking, but those planning to attend are urged to arrive early.

A national holiday, Veterans Day, celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. It was originally known as Armistice Day in the U.S. and coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

The PCVF event honors the dedication, service and bravery of local men and women who served in the four branches of the U.S. armed forces.

“The VFW Post 1649 and PCVF are very excited to welcome the community back this year to honor men and women in uniform who proudly served our country,” said Lt. John Blankenship (USN, former), PCVF co-founder, and VFW lifetime member. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone come together for one of our most important ceremonies of the year” 

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