It was a big “thank you” delivered with Santa Maria style!

Indeed, on Veterans Day earlier this week, the community rallied around local veterans with a Santa Maria Style Barbecue that attracted long lines and delivered a supportive message. In fact, the lines went around the block and the crowd ultimately numbered more than 2,000 people.

This event was attorney Michael B. Clayton’s 13th annual barbecue luncheon honoring veterans at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Santa Maria. It was the biggest turnout ever. Veterans and their families were served a complimentary BBQ lunch (all others paid just $5). Clayton is known locally as the “champion of veterans.”

“They served us. Now, we are serving them,” Clayton said. “They need to know they are not forgotten.”

It’s just another example of how Santa Maria Style Barbecue so often helps bring people together in moments of festivity, fellowship and support. Around here, it’s not just food, it’s a way of life and a galvanizing force in the community.