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Boy Scouts bring in service branch flags during the 2018 Veterans Day event at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building.

In honor of those who have served in the United States military, VFW Post 7139 will host the Santa Ynez Valley annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang.

The free community event will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and include a flag raising ceremony by members of Solvang American Legion Post 160; a call "To the Colors" and "Taps" performed by a bugler; singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale; Boy Scout Troop presenting flags representing the branches of services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines; and the POW/MIA flag brought in by Rudie Henderson, a former Commander of VFW Post and current Junior Vice Commander, and USAF Korean War Veteran.

Special performances and speakers are also part of the program.

There will be a free lunch to follow.

Veterans Day Series: Go through this collection of our 'Stories of Honor' profiles

'Stories of Honor' is a series spotlighting veterans on the Central Coast, their lives, and their contributions to our country. Take a look through this collection of stories and get to know some of the everyday heroes in our community. The special print edition of this series is available in Sunday's newspaper.                                                                          

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Bindo Grasso is one of the last of his kind. A Pathfinder with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, he parachuted into France the night before D-Day to light the way for fellow paratroopers. Nearly 75 years later, sitting in his Guadalupe home with granddaughter Stacey Moody, herself a Desert Storm veteran, Grasso, 96, recalled the flight over France into enemy territory on the night of June 5, 1944, and shared memories of events that shaped the course of world history.

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Many people know Lee Carroll as an easy-going CPA. But before he was crunching numbers, he learned attention to detail in the Army.  “I’m proud of it, but then I think anybody that does go around talking I was a Green Beret, then you kind of doubt what it is they really did.”

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In 1968, Roger Welt was an Army combat correspondent at the height of the Vietnam War. Welt’s job was to document warfare under the auspices of the U.S. Army. It might sound like Full Metal Jacket, but Welt said he always felt like Charlie Sheen's disillusioned dropout in Platoon.

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Jim Kunkle’s military service during World War II turned him into a celebrity. Kunkle was a P-38 fighter pilot who fought German Luftwaffe over Nazi-occupied Europe and was shot down during a dogfight. But not before downing some enemy aircraft in the process, which later earned him a Distinguished Service Cross (that’s one step below the Medal of Honor).

 

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