I would like to thank all who made the idea of a Military Wall of Honor a reality.

Thanks to the Santa Maria Public Airport District Board of Directors for setting aside a special area for this tribute. Thanks to the Airport’s General Manager Chris Hastert, the Chamber of Commerce President Bob Hatch, and Economic Development Commission Chairman David Cross for helping coordinate the design and the effort to get it established. The Chamber of Commerce also fronted the funds to get this tribute dedicated in time for the Veteran’s Day weekend.

Thanks to all those who donated with me so the Chamber could be reimbursed in full for the cost of the flags.

Thanks to Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian for taking part in the dedication on Nov. 8, and Congresswoman Lois Capps for presenting an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Finally, thanks to all past, present and future members of our armed forces for your dedication to your country. You are the reason this tribute exists!


January 2, 2014  Hugh Rafferty