On Tuesday, Aliso and Summerland elementary school students participated in a Veterans Day of learning, listening to both a Veterans Day Zoom presentation and catching a glimpse at military jeeps, ahead of the Nov. 11 holiday. 

More than 400 students from kindergarten through fifth grade classes waved flags as they listened to Command Sergeant Major Jonathan Church, Sergeant Hap DeSimone, Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Paredes and Lieutenant John Blankenship explain the history of the word “veteran” and Veterans Day. The students then performed the National Anthem and discussed the reasons for the colors and folds in the United States flag. 

Students then got to check out WWII military jeeps, parked at each of the school gates. The jeeps were from 1943 and 1942. 

The event was organized by principal Veronica Gallardo with support from the Santa Barbara Motor Pool, VFW Post 1649, Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, AMVETS Post 3 American Legion Post 49 and organizers Athena and Tomac Henson. 

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