Popular Veterans Week Activities Planned for November 3-11

Veterans Week 2018 will see the return of popular events including the Veterans Parade, Veterans Day Ceremony, 22nd Annual Military Ball, and Salute to Vets (photos by Scott Gibson).

Each November, the Santa Barbara community shows up in full force to recognize and honor the local men and women who have served our country. The community is again invited to show their support at a number of patriotic Veterans Week events from November 3rd through the 11th, hosted by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF).

On Saturday, November 3rd, veterans, active duty military members, and their guests can dance the night away at the 22nd Annual Military Ball from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Ball will be held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly The Fess Parker Resort), 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

The Military Ball is a formal event where attendees can connect and celebrate during a lively evening complete with a cocktail hour, gourmet three-course dinner, dancing, and “Excellence in Service” tributes to those who have selflessly served our country. Guests will also have a chance to bid on extraordinary historic artifacts among other items in a silent auction before the program begins.

This year’s keynote speaker is Four-star General Robin Rand, a United States Air Force general and former commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.

General Rand graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, obtained an MS in aeronautical science in 1988, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course in 1990, and obtained a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College. He went on to become a Command Pilot with more than 5,100 flying hours, including over 480 combat hours, primarily flying the F-16, T-38, and T-37. General Rand is the recipient of numerous military honors, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

General Rand retired from the U.S. Air Force effective September 1, 2018 after nearly 40 years of service.

Tickets to the Military Ball are $150 per guest. To request an invitation, call (805) 259-4394 or e-mail rsvp@pcvf.org.     

On Saturday, November 10th, the Veterans Parade will make its way from the intersection of E. Sola St. and State St. down to the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara at 129 Castillo St. This free, family-fun event begins at noon and will feature WWII vehicles and re-enactors and heroes from all branches of the military.

Also on Saturday, November 10th, the 6th Annual Salute to Vets will take place from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara, 129 Castillo St. PCVF and the Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation will host an afternoon complete with BBQ, live music, and military vehicles on display.

Those in attendance won’t want to miss the Patriot Parachute Team perform in the sky above. The exhilarating performance will start around 1:30 p.m., and the parachute team will make their landing in Pershing Park, just outside of the Carriage Museum.

Entry fee will be $20 and includes five raffle tickets. Lunch is $10, or a package including entry, lunch, and 10 raffle tickets can be purchased for $30. Veterans and children under 12 are free. Contact Jerry Farmer at (805) 350-2006 for more information.

On the morning of Sunday, November 11th, join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1649 and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for a moving Veterans Day Ceremony starting at 10:00 am at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Dr. A keynote speaker and the Santa Barbara Choral Society will perform tributes for service members.

For more information on all of the Veterans Week activities, contact Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation at (805) 259-4394 or email info@pierreclaeyssensveteransfoundation.com.

About Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is committed to honoring the men and women who have served in U.S. military efforts. 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 www.pcvf.org or call (805) 259-4394. 


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