As a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I was very disappointed with the single activity planned by the city of San Luis Obispo, i.e extending the hours of the Veterans Memorials Museum.
While the museum is very worthwhile, I doubt if too many vets would attend on this day. Looking at surrounding communities, I noticed many had guest speakers, bands, barbecues, etc. There are some 20,000 veterans in the county — I’m sure the city could find many of them more that willing to tell their experiences in the military.
I know the Farmers Market had many activities honoring Veterans last Thursday; however, getting to and from the market, plus parking, presents a problem for some of the older veterans. We do have the SLO County and Cal Poly Bands, plus the Grizzlies. Give them a chance to participate. Also, Cal Poly has an ROTC unit that could be more visible by doing color guards, sabre or rifle team demonstrations. I would like it very much if more people would fly the flag and make a veteran feel appreciated. Bumper stickers just don’t get it.
Hopefully, next year will be better.
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