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Nov 11, 2012 6:11 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Hundreds of volunteers come out for annual Veterans Day event

A local family is doing their part to help honor veterans on the Central Coast.

Michael Clayton, along with his wife and two sons, held a Veterans Day Barbecue on Sunday at the Santa Maria Veterans Hall.

More than 200 volunteers were at the event, which had a Santa Maria-style barbecue, the Pioneer Valley High School band, The Righetti High School choir, a car show put on by the Corvette club, and jets were even soaring overhead.

Clayton says they started this event 12 years ago to give back and honor the efforts and sacrifices by local service men and women.

"We have to remember that we can't be standing here doing what we're doing if it wasn't for the veterans. We can't be having our way of life if the veterans didn't do their job to give us a shot at freedom and choice."

He said, "We want to say thank you to the veterans and their families for the service that they've given to our country and the sacrifices that they made on behalf of every American, not just in Santa Maria, but all over the world."

Clayton says they got the idea for the barbecue after watching "Saving Private Ryan," when they decided they wanted to do something for the veterans in the community.

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