The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum
An Experience for Visitors of All Ages
The goal of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library is to educate visitors about 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 will also be exhibited.
This beautiful Museum will welcome and educate students and other visitors of all generations by bringing them together to hear and share stories, ask questions and ultimately learn about the experiences of the soldiers and the citizens who supported their contributions and sacrifices.
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Santa Barbara Airport Marine Tribute
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 Museum is building a 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 Marine Tribute Page.