Photos by Neil Farrell
Los Osos Mortuary and Memorial Park held its Annual Veteran’s Day Program Nov. 11, with lots of patriotic music, speeches, prayers and a touching wreath laying ceremony. The event featured keynote speaker and Navy veteran, Al Strunk, who entertained the crowd with humorous stories and heart-felt remarks on what it means to be a veteran. The SLO County Band played patriotic tunes and trumpeter, and Marine Corps veteran, Jerry Boots, played the various military anthems during the wreath ceremony that was organized by Betty Cook, USMC. Switching from trumpet to a bugle, Boots also played Taps to bring the ceremony to a close.
Local Boy and Girl Scouts did flag duty, a Coast Guard color guard presented the colors, and Boy Scout, Archer Hill, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Tiffan of Baywood Park Community Church led the Invocation and Rabbi Jayne Simon of Congregation OHR TZAFON led the Benediction. The Highway Patrol had its helicopter on hand for tours and the Historical Arms Society had an Army truck and war memorabilia on display. The Bay-Osos Kiwanis Club cooked up a free hot dog lunch, and the Estrella Warbirds did a flyover with historic military planes.
Others who contributed to the event were D&D Floral, Cal Fire Sta. 15 in Los Osos, Rich Rolson Sound and Sullivan Studios.