SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– A moving tribute was held in Santa Barbara on Saturday in honor of the 13 American soldiers who died in the bombing of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26.
The event was organized by Santa Barbara Elks Lodge # 613 and AMVETS Post # 3 from 11am to 12pm.
Members of the community have been invited to come to Elks Lodge to honor and mourn the loss of each deceased service member.
The California Patriot Guard Riders kicked off the event with a Mission of Honor flag line consisting of motorcycles, cars and flags.
The Sea Caders then gave a Color Presentation and the crowd of supporters was greeted by Patrick Murphy, Commander Santa Barbara American Legion Post 49.
Tribute keynote speaker Drew Wakefield shared a message as local organizations were invited to present wreaths.
Piper Tom Strelich and the Santa Barbara Bagpipers performed amazing Grace which was followed by a roll call, rifle salute, honor guard and flag folding.
The removal of the flags of Civil Air Patrol Squadron # 131 completed the ceremony.
All participants were 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 deceased member.
A lunch of hot dogs, fries, and drinks was available after the tribute for $ 10 apiece. All proceeds will go to the Elks Veterans Committee.