Santa Barbara’s Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Celebrates Local Veterans
SBTactical Puts a Pause to Training to Honor Veterans
SBTactical was honored to be a part of and experience all of the incredible events the Santa Barbara community offered over Veterans Day weekend. SBTactical is veteran founded and these celebrations and tributes mean a lot to us and to our mission. Santa Barbara county is home to over 30,000 veterans. The local Santa Barbara community held many events, kicking off celebrations with the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) 21st Annual Military Ball.
Held at the Fess Parker Doubletree resort and hosted by PCVF over 700 veterans and their families were honored at the beautiful event that included guest speakers, tributes, great food in the ballroom that was decorated with flags from every branch of the military. The Master of Ceremonies was our very own SBTactical veteran Jon Parra and the keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam War veteran and TV military consultant Jack Jacobs
Parra was an excellent master of ceremonies during the military ball and noted, “Pierre Claeyssens had said that ‘To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen…to be forgotten is the worst.’ Tonight we are honoring Pierre Claeyssens vision by not allowing veterans to be forgotten.”
Jacobs stated, “There’s nothing like military service that gives young people authority and responsibility at an early age. Nothing like it,” he said. ” People who serve time in a uniform can do anything.” (KEYT)
The weekend continued with Veterans Day events held on Saturday including a ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery with the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the 2nd Annual golf tournament at the Birnam Wood Golf Club. The tournament’s proceeds support UCSB and SBCC student veterans.
The grand finale of events was on Sunday at the Veterans Day parade on State Street, followed by a parachute landing on Cabrillo Boulevard.The 5th annual Salute to the Vets in partnership with the Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation took place post-parade at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara on Castillo Street.
We would like to thank our fellow veterans and their families and the Santa Barbara community, and we look forward to next year’s incredible tributes and celebrations!
- Posted by SBTactical Team
- On November 16, 2017
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