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Santa Barbara residents host tribute to honor 13 American soldiers killed in Kabul airport bombing

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A touching tribute was held in Santa Barbara on Saturday to honor the 13 U.S. soldiers who died in the airport bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 26.

The event was hosted by the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 and AMVETS Post #3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Community members were invited to come out to the Elks Lodge to honor and grieve the loss of each fallen service member.

California Patriot Guard Riders kicked off the event with an Honor Mission Flag Line of motorcycles, cars and flags.

The Sea Caders then gave a Presentation of Colors and the crowd of supporters was welcomed by Patrick Murphy, Commander Santa Barbara American Legion Post 49.

The tribute's keynote speaker, Drew Wakefield, shared a message while local organizations were invited to present wreaths.

Pipe Major Tom Strelich and the Santa Barbara Bagpipers performed Amazing Grace which was followed by a roll call, rifle salute, honor guard and flag folding.

Retirement of Colors by the Civil Air Patrol Squadron #131 completed the ceremony.

Everyone who attended was invited to sign a Santa Barbara Community Condolence Card. Copies of the card, along with their individual flags, will be mailed to the families of each fallen service member.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks was available after the tribute for $10 a piece. All proceeds will be donated to the Elks Veterans Committee.

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