Twenty-seven U.S. veterans who served in almost all branches of the military, in war and peace, were honored by their neighbors at a ceremony Saturday to dedicate a Veterans Memorial Garden. Quail Meadows East honored the veterans living in the community of manufactured homes off South College Drive in Santa Maria with the dedication of a plaque in the garden and a barbecued chicken dinner.
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A Quail Meadows East garden honoring veterans
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Three veterans enjoy a lunch honoring their service. (L-R) Charles Stranski, Jack Runge and Ernie Ratcliffe
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during the dedication ceremony at Quail Meadows East of a small garden honoring resident veterans
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Groups of area veterans posed next to a commemorative plaque bearing their names on Saturday
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Several Quail Meadows residents hope their efforts to create a veterans garden will be duplicated by other area residents
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A plaque commemorating the military service of its residents sits in a small garden in the Quail Meadows East complex
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Veterans Mel Patten and J.D. Williams sit on a bench near a plaque bearing their names and those of 28 other veterans in a memorial garden at Quail Meadows East.
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About 80 residents of Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria turned out Saturday for a luncheon to dedicate a memorial garden honoring the community's veterans.
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Among those attending a memorial garden dedication luncheon at Quail Meadows East is 94-year-old World War II veteran Roy Harrison, who joined the U.S. Navy in January 1942 after turning 17.
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Residents of Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria dedicated a small garden honoring resident veterans Saturday.
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Residents of Quail Meadows East dedicated a small garden honoring resident veterans
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A garden honoring the military service of its residents offers a quiet place to sit and contemplate
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Residents of Quail Meadows East created an indoor display to honor the community's residents who served in the U.S. armed forces for the memorial garden dedication Saturday.
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A group of veterans living at Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria pose next to a commemorative plaque bearing their names Saturday
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Jim Kunz looks over a display of memorabilia commemorating the military service of veterans living in Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria. Kunz serve in both the U.S. Navy and Army between 1956 and 1973
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Quail Meadows East Social Club President Kathy Walsh and Vice President Ron Walsh organized efforts to build the memorial garden and planned the ceremony to honor the Santa Maria community's veterans Saturday.
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U.S. Navy veteran J.D. Williams points to himself in a photo on display at the Veterans Memorial Garden dedication luncheon Saturday at Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria.
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Lea Gordon, left, who served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1973 to 1977, was among the veterans honored Saturday with a memorial garden dedication at Quail Meadows East in Santa Maria.