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FIRST VETERANS DAY PARADE AT MAVERICK SALOON IN SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
by Bonnie Carroll
Proud Veterans March in Premier Parade in SYV
2021 was the Premier Veterans Day Parade in Santa Ynez Valley, California. The event was organized by local organizations and supported by local and state officials and area veterans. Maverick Saloon provided great food and beverages for the veterans and local Veteran bikers and their wives made a great contribution to the parade excitement, as well as the local Fire Department who hung a flag from their fire ladder for the pledge and national anthym. It was red, white and blue everywhere the eye could see.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown in Parade - SYV Elks Lodge #2640 Organizers
Sheriff Bill Brown rode in the parade and spent time talking with area veterans in attendance. A few special guests had served in WWII and many were Vietnam veterans. There was patriotic music and pledge to the flag, as well as fun country music. The burgers were delicious, along with a bevy of additional food favorites. A Huey II helicopter attracted lots of attention and local Santa Barbara photographer Rick Carter, also a veteran in uniform rode in the parade on the historic helicopter.
Veteran Rick Carter on Huey II - Maverick Saloon Bar Gal in WWII Costume
Ladies dressed in 40s WWII costumes were a huge hit and so appreciated, as were all the volunteers who manned the booths on a variety of veteran related services and who worked so hard to make this first Veterans Day parade a wonderful success. The parade was covered by local news station KEYT3-12. God Bless Our Veterans!
Bag Pipers & WWII Navy Vet Driving a Parade Jeep