Memorial Day Happenings

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is all most here.  First and foremost, on Monday, 5/29/17, at Noon in Solvang Park–join with officials, veterans, family and friends to commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the USA. This ceremony is free, everyone is welcome to attend and will feature a performance by the Santa Ynez Wind Ensemble; speakers Rear Adm. Brian Brown, vice commander of the Joint Forces Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base; Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans; and members of American Legion Post 160 and the Boy Scouts of America. A flyover of vintage military aircraft is also anticipated. A heartfelt thank you to all who have served esepcially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout this Memorial holiday weekend, there’s certainly plenty of places and opportunities to celebrate with a  picnic! If your family is like mine, picnics in the park are a favorite. There are choices aplenty for perfect picnic settings around Solvang. First of all, did you know ALL Solvang parks are FREE and open to the public daily? Solvang Park & Gazebo right in the center of town on Mission Drive at First Street. For a more active group, check out Hans Christian Andersen Park at 775 Atterdag Road, with a skate park, play areas and tennis courts within easy walking distance of downtown. Then, there’s the super-fun, built by the community Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road with a Danish-themed wooden play structure, swings, rope bridge, picnic area, ball field and three brand new beach volleyball courts. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/

Saluting All Veterans!

2031841_origYou can celebrate national Veterans Day tomorrow (11/11/15) here in Solvang at 11:00 a.m. at the historic Veterans Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Drive. As is tradition, this free event is open to all ages to honor veterans, their families and troops around the world with music, patriotic speeches and hearty food. The Santa Ynez Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7139 is sponsoring and coordinating this event. Stop by and enjoy live entertainment by the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Band and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale. Following the program, a free luncheon will be served. You may recall that Veterans Day was originally known as “Armistice Day” since at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. The US Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938 and in 1954, Veterans Day was dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Solvang salutes all veterans especially on this day. Please join us!Veterans Day

 

Saluting All Veterans

Happy Veterans DayYou can celebrate national Veterans Day today here in Solvang at 11:00 a.m. at the historic Veterans Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Drive. As is tradition, this free event is open to all ages to honor veterans, their families and troops around the world with music, patriotic speeches and hearty food. Stop by and enjoy live entertainment by the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Band under the direction of Cameron Clarno and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale under the direction of Chris Bowman. The Rev. Dr. Randall Day of St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church will give the invocation and benediction. Following the program, a free luncheon will be served by Country Garden Catering. You may recall that Veterans Day was originally known as “Armistice Day” since at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. The US Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938 dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Solvang salutes all veterans today!

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