On Memorial Day weekend we remember and honor all Service men and women who gave their lives to protect us, our freedom, and way of life during all wars from the Civil War to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. On Saturday, 27 May, Crosses and VFW Medallions will be placed on Veterans’ graves at the Santa Ines Mission, Chalk Hill, Oak Hill, and Saint Marks Cemeteries. At Oak Hill over 800 veteran graves will be decorated starting at 9AM. The public is invited to view or assist in this solemn observance. VFW Post 7139 Members will hand out Red Poppies at the front of Albertsons in Buellton from 1PM to 3PM on Saturday and Sunday, 27-28 May. The Red Poppies were first distributed after WWI to honor the Service men and women who perished in that war.
On Memorial Day, 29 May, American Legion Post 160 will conduct short ceremonies at 10AM in Chalk Hill, 10:30AM in Santa Ines Mission, 11AM in Oak Hill, and 11:30 in Saint Marks Cemeteries. VFW Post 7139 will conduct a hallowed VFW Memorial Day Ceremony at 12PM, at the Solvang Park Flag Pole. The ceremony will honor all veterans, but especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The ceremony will include The Santa Ynez Wind Ensemble; Rear Admiral Brian Brown, Vice Commander, Joint Forces Component Command for Space, from Vandenberg AFB; Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans; American Legion Post 160; Boy Scouts; and a fly over of vintage military aircraft. A barbecue hosted by the Solvang Vikings’ Club for veterans and their families will follow the ceremony.
The Memorial Day remembrance includes a 229-year span in some 60 military actions that claimed 1.4 million lives. Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens be aware of, and recall on special occasions the deaths of their fellow countrymen during and after wartime. All Valley veterans, residents, and their families are invited to come and join in these solemn events.