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Veterans Day ceremony held in Atascadero honors Central Coast veterans

Posted at 9:32 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 13:38:22-05

Hundreds of veterans and active service members stood together Sunday at the 11th annual Veteran’s Day Faces of Freedom memorial event in Atascadero.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Armistice, when WWI ended, the 22nd battery of the 32nd regimen of her Majesty’s Royal Artillery stood attention before the many U.S. Military veterans in attendance.

The British troops are currently training in San Luis Obispo County.

SLO Co. District Attorney Dan Dow, who serves in the Army National Guard, addressed the crowd.

“It’s an honor to be here with you on Veterans Day, which I’d like to think of more as Freedom Day,” Dow said. “The reason why, is the freedom we enjoy today was secured by the women and men of military service, more than 50 million since the Revolutionary War, that answered the call of duty and served our country since 1775.”

SLO Co. Clerk and Recorder Tommy Gong played Taps with his son and a wreath was laid at the foot of the Fallen Soldier monument.

Quilts, decorated with symbols of American patriotism, were delivered to 20 veterans.