Veterans Day Ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery

By the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1649 and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation are pleased to announce they are once again hosting the Santa Barbara community Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early; The open air ceremony begins at 11:00 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.

Known as one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor locations, the venue’s driveway will be decorated with dozens of American flags, along with flags marking the graves of our 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, with additional standing room and plenty of parking.

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,” says VFW Lifetime Member and PCVF co-founder Lt. John Blankenship (USN, former). “We are looking forward to seeing everyone come together for one of our most important ceremonies of the year” 

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About Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649

The VFW was established to assist veterans. Our mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans. The purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.

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 or call (805) 259-4394. 


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