NORTH COUNTY — All of us at the Atascadero News salute our local veterans on this anniversary of Armistice Day. All of us Americans enjoy our freedom and during each year we do serve our country with industry and productivity that ensures our future. Those that serve in the armed forces and veterans of war are our front lines in the fight for a better future, and the preservation of our freedoms and democracy.
Our civilian citizenry works also to support them, with our profitability and industry in financial support of our standing armies to ensure that those veterans are provided with a home and freedom to return to. We take each Veterans Day to stand united in recognition of our mutual effort and purpose in ensuring our opportunity to establish a more perfect union that is always in a state of progress.
Please join us in support of our veterans, our country, our freedom, and our community by attending one of the events below this Veterans Day.
PASO ROBLES DISTRICT CEMETERY
45 Nacimiento Lake Drive • Monday • November 11 • 11 a.m.
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 VETERAN’S MEMORIAL
9029 Morro Rd, Atascadero • Monday, November 11 • 11 am
Enjoy National Anthem and patriotic songs by the Fine Arts Academy and Trumpet Alliance, and a flyover by the Estrella Warbirds. Guest Speaker: Bear McGill, Central Coast Honor Flight. 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.
LILLIAN LARSEN SCHOOL
1601 L Street, San Miguel • Friday, November 8 • 8:30 a.m.
The school will honor the active and retired military during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Don Wolf gymnasium.
Parking spaces will be reserved for honored guests in the front parking lot. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 5 at 805-467-3216. Refreshments will be served.
VFW 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. 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 Paso Robles VFW meets on first Wednesdays at the Veterans Center, 240 Scott Street, Paso Robles. Call 805-239-7370.
HONOR FLIGHT CENTRAL COAST
Honor Flight’s Mission is to honor 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.
Local veterans can apply for the tour online at honorflightccc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 805-610-4012.