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December 8, 2023

PHOTOS: Watsonville honors all who served

Veterans march along Main Street in Watsonville Saturday during Veterans Day ceremonies. About 60 vets, on foot or aboard several early day fire engines, left St. Patrick’s Church and made their way to the Mello Center where they were greeted by a host of songs by the Watsonville Community Band. Former Dept. of Defense and CIA director, Leon Panetta, was the special guest.

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Leon Panetta told the crowd at the Mello Center, “They answered the call and we must never forget those that protect our nation.” Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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