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Hundreds attend Salute to Vets to support local men, women who preserve our freedom

For seven years, the Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation has been supporting local men and women who preserve our freedom.

“We live in the most beautiful country the most beautiful state the most beautiful town. If it wasn't for our service men and women, we would have none of this,” said vice president Jerry Farmer with the Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation. 

The nonprofit organization raises money for several veteran programs such as suicide prevention.

“This is in recognition of bravery and sacrifice of all us service men and women past present and future,” Farmer. 

Organizers said this event is not only to support veterans programs but also to create a network for all tri-county veterans. 

“I came home and I was totally fine. A lot of guys didn't. The whole purpose is to get the community out and to have fun with it,” said U.S. Veteran Chris Bowyer. 

Visitors got to see vintage military vehicles and carriages, as well as vintage airplanes performing in the sky.

“I will always be here because God bless America. God bless our men and women and all of our veterans. Freedom is not free. We're here today showing that we love our vets, raising awareness for our veterans and raising much-needed money for our veterans,” said emcee Drew Wakefield. 

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