Events | Veterans Day | November 11, 2019

On Monday November 11, 2019 SCI helped out at the Veterans Day event held at the The Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. SCI helped with setup, breakdown, and served food. 

There were several veterans groups that attended. Journey for Change was one of them and they  led a 22-mile march around Santa Cruz to bring awareness around the high suicide rate among veterans. Journey For Change’s mission is Preventing Veteran Suicide Through Community Action and Awareness was founded in 2015 by five Santa Cruz, CA veterans. This grass roots campaign began when Vietnam Veteran Buzz Gray retired and wanted to make a difference in the Veteran Community. Read more about Journey for Change HERE

Here is the breakdown of the events on Monday.

9:00 AM – Journey for Change – Starts‬

‪Preventing Veterans Suicide through Community Action & Awareness ‬

‪11:00AM – Welcome / Speakers‬

‪Chris Cottingham – Director of Services & Operations for Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building Board of Trustees‬
‪Carson Kelly – Santa Cruz Indivisible‬
‪Martine Watkins (Mayor)‬
‪Zach Friend – Second District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County‬
‪Ryan Coonerty – Third District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County‬
‪Emmanuel Garcia – Congressional Aide for Jimmy Panetta’s Office‬

‪Noon – 4:00 PM – Live Music with Chas Crowder (Shotgun Suitor)‬

‪Noon – Food provided by Mission Street BBQ and the Elks Club of Santa Cruz (Suggested Donation of $10-$20)‬

‪1:00 PM – This American Vet (Dick Hancey) ‬

‪The dramatic and emotional 1973 evacuation of American airmen after years as a Vietnamese POW’s as told by the USAF Flight Surgeon who was there to bring them home. ‬

‪2:00 PM – Hannah Muse (Yoga Church) – Breathing Exercise‬

‪3:00 PM – This American Vet (Dick Hancey) – Second Presentational‬

‪The dramatic and emotional 1973 evacuation of American airmen after years as a Vietnamese POW’s as told by the USAF Flight Surgeon who was there to bring them home. ‬

‪4:00 PM – 5:00PM – Traditional Dances of Santa Cruz Present a special Contra Dance‬

Slideshow of the event: