The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation
The goal of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is to share with the public the phenomenal stories and linkages of the conflicts of the 20th and 21st Centuries and to generate respect for all veterans and active duty military personnel. The stories of World War I will show how it lead inevitably to World War II, the largest and most significant war in the history of mankind. The subsequent wars in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan signigicance are also honored.
Through static and interactive experiences in the future Musuem and events throught the year we impart the important lessons and societal progressions that came from each deadly episode. Medical and technological advances between the wars will be part of the message. A leading example is the post WWII developments of the GI Bill which allowed Veterans to go to college, buy homes and create new communities and businesses all over the United States. The necessary advancement of women and minorities in the workforce, in the military and in society will be shown.
Learn more about getting involved and being a part of something great. We look forward to hearing from you.
Wings of Honor at the Santa Barbara Airport
Wings of Honor artist rendering
While Santa Barbara Airport was a dirt strip before World War II, it rapidly developed into an important and good sized base for advanced training of Marine Aviators who were then going to the war in the Pacific. The planes that dominated the program were the F4U Corsair and TBF/TBM Avenger. Many well known Marine pilots came to Santa Barbara and trained in Santa Barbara. Joe Foss is only one name that is well remembered. One of our local heroes, Ken Linder, went on to become a member of the famous Black Sheep Squadron.
The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is contributing to this one of a kind tribute to the Marines and the people who supported them. It will consist of a glass sculpture, 22 ft. high and placed in front of the newly built Terminal. The Tribute has been approved by all of the requisite decision making bodies.
Learn More, visit the Wings of Honor Page.