Santa Barbara, CA September 28, 2021 – Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) is pleased to extend a warm invitation to the greater Santa Barbara community to participate in a new campaign, “Honoring Our Veterans.” With your support, veterans from all service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) from yesterday and today will be remembered and celebrated on PCVF’s social media accounts leading up to Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11th. To participate in this novel online campaign to honor “those who serve,” simply submit a jpeg photo of your loved one in uniform and include their full name, branch of service and years served. Please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submission will appear in the “Honoring Our Veterans” online series posted on PCVF’s Facebook and Instagram accounts through Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11th. Please use “tags” to help the post go “viral” and reach more people. Provide your Facebook handle and we will tag you and anyone else! #HonoringOurVeterans.
According to a joint statement from PCVF co-founding directors John and Hazel Blankenship, “This heartfelt social media campaign leading up to this year’s Veterans Day, truly represents Pierre Claeyssens’ powerful legacy which is central to our organization’s mission.” Born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, Pierre often spoke of his childhood memories when the US Forces rescued him and his countrymen from the German occupation of World War I. He was a beloved figure in the world of Santa Barbara philanthropy, and held the American military in high esteem. He once said, “I still feel an obligation to the United States, especially to the military.” It was his belief that, “To be killed in a war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst.” The Blankenships share that, “In the spirit of Pierre’s words, we look forward to saluting veterans by showcasing their profiles online. It’s a way we keep alive his dreams that American military history will never become lost in the fog of time.”
If you would like to donate to honor a veteran in your life and support PCVF programs, please visit PCVF.
About Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is committed to honoring the men and women who have served in uniform at any time. PCVF does this by supporting veterans and active duty members, and related partner organizations, in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, as well as preserving military history and legacy. The Foundation works to uphold Pierre Claeyssens’s vision that those who have served are “Never Forgotten.” PCVF is funded entirely by private donations. For more information, visit pcvf.org or call (805) 259-4394.