The VVA Chapter 218 participates throughout the year in honoring all Veterans at various patriotic ceremonies. The Annual Old Spanish Days celebration in Santa Barbara and through it's outreach and sustaining scholarship programs.
In addition to annual events, Chapter 218 is involved in special projects such as The Moving Wall and the Terrace of Remembrance at Elings Park. We invite all Veterans to join us in our support and recognition of our past and current military personnel.
Veterans Day Weekend - Parade and Military Ball
Every year, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans' Museum and Library sponsors and organizes the Veterans' Day Parade in Santa Barbara which begins on State Street and ends up in front of the Veterans Memorial Building on Cabrillo Boulevard. This is a timeless tradition which honors veterans of all branches of the military in the Santa Barbara area. If you would like to participate in the Veterans Day parade, please click here. more...
Memorial Day Services
Chapter members are in attendance at the three ceremonies in Santa Barbara County each Memorial Day Weekend. The Santa Barbara service begins at 10 am at the Santa Barbara Cemetery; the Carpinteria service begins at 10 at the Carpinteria Valley Cemetery and the Goleta service begins at 9 am at the Goleta Valley Cemetery. more...
Santa Barbara 4th of July Parade
For many years now the Chapter has been part of the annual Santa Barbara 4th of July parade that makes its way down State Street. They Huey is also with us of course!
Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Stand Downs
Stand Downs are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits, counseling and referrals to a variety of other necessary services such as housing, employment, and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordianted between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. more...