Veteran’s Day Services to take place Sunday, November 11On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — one hundred years ago — World War I ended with an armistice signing between the Allies and Germany. It was 20 years later, May 13, 1938, that November 11 was anointed as Armistice Day and proclaimed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
This November, we remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace.
Take time to attend one of the Veteran’s Day events in remembrance of the cost of war, and the peaceful purpose of Armistice Day these 100 years ago.
Paso Robles District Cemetery
45 Nacimiento Lake Drive
Sunday, November 11
The program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965. If your veteran’s grave is missed, flags are available in the office. Volunteers needed for set up of Avenue of Flags at 7 a.m. and removal by 3:30 p.m. Call 805-238-4544 to volunteer. The Cemetery will provide coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel will provide a complimentary hot dog lunch.
Atascadero Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial
8038 Portola Road (at Morro Road)
Sunday, November 11
Marlon Varin will sing National Anthem and patriotic songs. Chaplain Pastor Steve Shively of Refuge Church. Guest Speaker: Dan Dow, SLOCo District Attorney. Central Coast Quilters will give Quilts of Valor to about 20 local veterans. Taps played by County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong with sons Darin and Derek. The Central Coast Pipes and Drums will escort the color guard, which is being provided by the Grizzly Academy. Kiwanis Club barbecue to follow. Parking available in Atascadero Lake parking lot. Handicapped parking near the Memorial. Call Al Fonzi at 805-423-5482.
Lillian Larsen School
1601 L Street, San Miguel
Friday, November 9
The school will honor the active and retired military at the Don Wolf gymnasium. Parking spaces will be reserved for honored guests in the front parking lot. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 6 at 805-467-3216. Refreshments will be served.
Local Organizations and Resources for Veterans
See COLONYmagazine.com/veterans-services for a comprehensive list of services available to local veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2814
VFW was organized in 1899 when men returning from the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) found they had no benefits, rights or services — including no health care — for their service. The VFW mission is “to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.”
The VFW mission is to “Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.” The Atascadero VFW meets regularly at 9555 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422. Call 805-466-3305 or go to vfwpost2814.org.
Honor Flight Central Coast California
Honor Flight’s Mission is to honor all of America’s veterans by taking them to Washington D.C. on their “Tour of Honor” to visit and reflect at their memorials which have been built to honor their service.
Currently, more than 80 local veterans are waiting to go on their Tour of Honor, and the local Honor Flight chapter is all-volunteer and locally supported. With both WWII and Korea war veterans awaiting the tour, time is of the essence. Please support today.
Local veterans can apply for the tour online at honorflightccc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 805-610-4012.