SANTA BARBARA, CA – May 21, 2015
This Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer travel season and is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) expects Airport traffic to be heaviest on Thursday and Friday (May 21 - 22) and Tuesday (May 26) so passengers are encouraged to give themselves a little extra time prior to departure.
Visitors are encouraged to frequent two distinctive World War II Memorials located at the Santa Barbara Airport. Wreaths will be placed at both locations in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The first memorial, dedicated in 1948, is located in front of the Airport Administration Building at 601 Norman Firestone Road. A distinctive propeller from a Chance Vought F4U Corsair aircraft is a poignant reminder of the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara and the men and women who served there during World War II. Its plaque states, “This Airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.”
The second memorial, dedicated in May 2010, is located at the east end of the Airline Terminal Long Term Parking Lot on James Fowler Road. Designed as a place for reflection, the monument’s black granite obelisk and benches are flanked by olive trees and interpretive signage. The obelisk lists the names of local aviators who gave their lives during World War II and the Marine Corps Squadrons that served at the Santa Barbara base. Visitor access to both monuments is convenient and parking is free .
Santa Barbara Airport is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City Santa Barbara and serves over 700,000 passengers annually.