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VFW Post 2521 to host memorial 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2521 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the Santa Maria Cemetery, 1501 S. College Drive, at 11:11 a.m. Saturday.

The event will honor the soldiers buried there who fought in wars dating back to the Civil War. 

The salute to Armistice Day commemorates the agreement between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, which took effect at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. 

Guest speaker will be Col. Gregory E. Wood, vice commander of the 30th Space Wing and Western Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

Free annual barbecue lunch

The 17th annual Veterans Day barbecue lunch, spearheaded by Santa Maria attorney Michael B. Clayton, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans' Memorial Hall, 313 W. Tunnel St. 

A patriotic parade will march up to the doors of the hall, followed by a flag ceremony conducted by the local Boots and Chutes All Airborne Association. 

The barbecue is free for all veterans, reserve, active military and their immediate families. For everyone else, a $5 donation per plate is requested. All proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit veteran organization. 

Valley Speaks presentation

Saturday's Valley Speaks Veterans Day presentation, hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society, will feature the history of Camp Cooke.

Cary Gray will be the featured speaker at the event at 11 a.m. at Shepard Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St.

Maj. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke served more than 40 years in the U.S. Army. When a new training base was built in 1941, it was named Camp Cooke. It later became Cooke Air Force Base, then Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

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Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210