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Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation

"There are many unanswered questions...things we will never know about the fate of many of our fighting men but by remembering we can be proud of who they were, what they did, what they stood for, and what they were a part of."
Lt. Raymond "Hap" Halloran
                                                    B-29 Navigator & POW
                                                          "Rover Boys Express"

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Our mission is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war.

 

The Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building is located on a portion of the original Mission La Purisima Concepcion. The mission was built in 1787, but was destroyed by the 1812 earthquake. The Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building was constructed in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration initiative. The building is a 20,000 square foot structure that is a fine example of California Spanish Revival architecture. Interior historical resources include two exhibits that are signed and dated by artists commissioned by President Franklin Roosevelt's Federal Art Project.

 

A historic landmarks application was adopted in 1989 by the Lompoc City Council and supported by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. In 2009 the California State Office of Historic Preservation approved a listing in the California Register of Historic Places. Application has been made for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Photo by Paul Leighton

The Veterans Memorial Building is home to several Veterans Organiations. Included are the American Legion Post 125 with Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, VFW Post 1717 and Ladies Auxiliary, Boots and Chutes (a military funeral Color Guard), American GI Forum, VFW Post 570 with Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 211 Ladies Auxiliary, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 91.
 

It stands today as a proud Veterans Memorial as it did when it was constructed in 1936. Residents pause to stare and remember their loved ones who did not return from war. Fighting men and women, stricken with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, tell of the calming effect just looking at the Veterans Memorial Building. Residents and veterans tell of their magical experiences. 

 

The auditorium is the heart of the building and the scene of innumerable events over decades.  We are indeed fortunate to have such a priceless structure in Lompoc for community use.

Donations are requested. Since the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation consists of all volunteers and does not incur any Administrative Expenses, all donations are used for the restoration and preservation of the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building.

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