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2015 Veterans Weekend Half Marathon, Military Ball, Parade and Concert
Events are designed to honor all Veterans of foreign wars along with their families for their devotion & service. They will never be forgotten.
By: Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation
Three Free community events for the entire family to enjoy!
Veterans Weekend will be full of parading, high-flying, applauding, running, singing, dancing, and most importantly…
Get the weekend off to a great running start… literally! Sign up to run in the Veterans Day Half-Marathon. Race starts on UCSB Campus for the first time starting at 7:15 am at the University Plaza. Runners can sign up at : www.sbmarathon.com or e-mail: sbimarathon@
Show up at the Veterans Mile on Saturday between 8:30 am – 12 noon to cheer the runners on the final mile. Applaud the veterans, reservists and active duty on the final mile from Shoreline Park to Leadbetter Beach decorated with vintage WWII vehicles, tanks and jeeps, plus American flags will be handed out to all the runners at the start of the final mile at Shoreline Park. Want to volunteer to hand out flags, please call the PCVF office and leave a message or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. New this year: There will be a “Finish Line Festival” with sponsor booths and a beer garden featuring Firestone-Walker brews.
On Sunday, the annual Veterans Parade kicks off at high noon on the 1400 block of State Street with the SB Sheriff helicopter buzzing overhead to announce the start. The parade will have WWII vehicles & re-enactors, the Vietnam Huey chopper, with the Vietnam Veterans Local 218 Chapter, the Prime Time Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SB High School Dons Riders Bike Club, the Sea Cadets and UCSB ROTC Surfrider Battalion students… and the real heroes – our veterans – to applaud. Ending around 1 pm, the new resting point for the vehicles will be in the parking lot of The Fess Parker Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Be sure to bring your camera to get pictures - of and with - these vintage beasts. It’s a rare opportunity.
Around 12:45 pm look up for the now legendary flyovers - more than two dozen this year - of vintage military aircraft doing precision flying formations best seen from Cabrillo Blvd., but visible from ALL over town. The distinctive roar of the engines will be a real ‘heads-up’
Following the parade and flyovers there will be a wonderful free 75-minute concert starting at 2 pm. You can relax on the lawn in front of the hotel, bring a picnic, order something from the hotel or try an item from a food truck. Patriotic program features the 60-piece Westmont College Orchestra led by Dr. Michael Shasberger and the Westmont Choir in the Plaza del Sol. Remember to wear your colors - Red, White and Blue - and be sure to thank a veteran for their service when you see them. Let them know they will never be forgotten.
More info at www.PCVF.org, by e-mail to info@PCVF.org or call (805) 259 4394.