VFW Honor Guard member lays wreath during the 2020 Wreaths Across America ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Wreaths Across America honors veterans

Limited ceremony takes place at Hollister cemeteries.

A few of the WWI photographs and artifacts that will be on display starting Nov. 10. Photo provided by SBC Historical Society.

History & Profiles

Local museum hosts Nov. 10 open house

Photos and artifacts from World War I veterans will be on display.

More than 2,000 people gathered on September 21, 1917 to bid farewell to the second group of San Benito County men drafted to serve in the American Expeditionary Force under General John Pershing in World War I. Photo provided by the SBC Historical Society.

History & Profiles

November open house for World War I exhibit

San Benito County Historical Society hosts a new exhibit honoring local men who served in the Great War.

Ruben S. Garcia, who served in the Gulf War and Somalia, is wrapped in a quilt by his son Ruben A. Garcia, who served as a Marine in the Global War on Terrorism. Both men served in the 13th Expeditionary Unit. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Veterans receive quilts at annual ceremony

Pinnacle Quilters honor 30 men and women at San Benito County Fair.

American Legion Chapter 69 members pose next to the Blackhawk statue, a memorial to the 86th Infantry Division, at Camp San Luis Obispo. Photo provided.

Nonprofits

Legion Riders visit World War II memorial

Local riders visit 86th Infantry Division memorial at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Photo provided by American Legion Riders.

San Benito Lifestyle

American Legion 69 visits Livermore Veterans Hospital

Local riders serve lunch and visit with those who have served our country.

Shari Stevenson comes from a family of veterans. She is dedicated to serving all vets in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

Shari Stevenson fights for vets

She first became aware of PTSD and Agent Orange as a teen. When her two sons joined the military, she learned what benefits would be available after their service. Now she serves all vets in San Benito County for the Veterans Administration.

Dale Barnes, Joe Ortiz and Bernie Ramirez were among the Vietnam War veterans who spoke at San Benito High School on April 25-26. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Vietnam veterans speak to students on war experiences

History comes to life at San Benito High School.

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Veterans honored at Wreaths Across America ceremony

Wreath-laying ceremonies took place across the nation at exactly the same time to honor American veterans.

Honoring the fallen of the Vietnam War. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Sports & Recreation

Veterans Day Parade marches through Hollister

Locals line street to honor those who served.

Veterans Day Parade in 2016. Photo by John Chadwell.

Veterans Day Parade set for November 11

This year all San Benito County WWII Veterans will be honored as Grand Marshals at the 17th annual event.

Latino veterans, families, and friends came to hear stories written by San Benito High School Students. Photos by John Chadwell.

Art & Culture

Student authors share stories about local Latino veterans

After a two-year project to tell stories from Latino veterans, students read their contributions from a new book to the vets and families at the SBC Historical Society Museum in Hollister.

Bernie Ramirez with students. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Veteran Voices Book Launch on Tuesday May 29th

Students will read excerpts from newly published book honoring the lives and experiences of local Latino veterans.

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Honoring Veterans with Wreaths Across America

San Benito Chamber of Commerce sends reminder to "remember our heroes, honor their service and teach the value of freedom". Dec. 16 is Wreaths Across America Day honoring veterans at Calvary Cemetery.

Kelly Burbank during his early years in the military. Photo Courtesy of Nereyda Burbank

Local Veteran, Kelly Burbank continues to serve SBCo

San Benito County Sheriff Sergeant Kelly Burbank continues to serve his community through his career in law enforcement.