Thank You, Sonoma

Letter to the Editor

To the Sonoma Valley Community:

American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) had the opportunity to bring the Cost of Freedom Tribute to Sonoma for the week prior to and weekend of Veterans Day 2012. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of those involved with this event and the community for being so welcoming.

First and foremost, thank you to Post Commander Dan Parker and all members of VFW Bear Flag Post 1943 for sponsoring, planning and hosting the Cost of Freedom Tribute event in Sonoma! Your support, hard work and dedication to these efforts were essential in a successful event. We’d also like to thank the folks with the Sonoma Veterans War Memorial Building for providing a wonderful venue!

A big thank you goes out to Tom Garske for planning a terrific escort into town on Wednesday! Thank you to all of the riders that participated and the local law enforcement that assisted along the route. It was a great way to kick off things in Sonoma!

To the Civil Air Patrol, the setup/teardown crews, the security volunteers and the locator volunteers – thank you for your selflessness and for volunteering to assist with the event. Without all of the volunteers, the event would not have been possible!

We’d also like to thank everyone that was involved with the various ceremonies throughout the week/weekend. This event was so well planned and the agenda was absolutely wonderful! Many members of your community were represented and so many active duty, veteran, and fallen heroes were honored at your event.

Sonoma was truly a special event. Our AVTT staff was so pleased with every aspect of the event on-site and from a planning standpoint – everything has been such a pleasure.

Thank you for welcoming us into your community and thank you for taking the time to honor our active duty, veteran, and fallen heroes.

We very much look forward to coming back to Sonoma in the future!

Leah DeLuzio
Tribute Event Coordinator
American Veterans Traveling Tribute


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