Veterans Day 2021

By Montecito Journal   |   November 23, 2021
The Gold Coast Pipe Band wearing red Wallace Scottish uniforms with formal black jacket full dress military uniforms

On November 11, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and the Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 hosted hundreds at the Santa Barbara Cemetery to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.

The morning kicked off with a performance by the Gold Coast Pipe Band, with the likes of Pablo Paredes (Army), Lieutenant John W. Blankenship (Navy), Christina Sandstedt (Coast Guard), David Gonzales, Jerry Gray (Air Force), Rep. Salud Carbajal, Travis Buehner (Army), and Eric Kunak (Army) handling speaking duties, while the UCSB Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard (Surfrider Battalion), Howard Hudson and Bob Burtness, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society all performed.

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The Santa Barbara Choral Society, led by music director JoAnne Wasserman, sang a medley of inspirational and patriotic songs as well as the songs of the armed forces
Randy Rowse, Rep. Salud Carbajal, JoAnne Wasserman, and John Blankenship
KEYT reporter John Palminteri and cameraman Alex Zauner
Richard Atterman, 100, receiving a standing ovation from the attendees alongside Jose Ramirez
While the Santa Barbara Choral Society performs, representatives from the respective services salute those in attendance
Herman Pfauter and his Ford Jeep 1942
Hundreds attended the annual celebration of U.S. veterans

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