Who could ask for better weather? The Unveiling Event, which took place on Saturday, May 28, 2011, welcomed a crowd of approximately 850-900 people.
The day of the event began prior to 7:00 a.m. Colombo Construction was installing glass panels that inscribed the names of our 1,010 Fallen Heroes of Kern County.
Spectators started arriving before 8:00 a.m. to see construction crews adding the final touches prior to the event. The City of Bakersfield and JoRonco were driving in bleachers that would accommodate a large crowd. The help from the Boy Scout volunteers who assisted the Kern Veterans Memorial Committee set up chairs, sort brochures and set chairs for the much anticipated crowd.
At 9:00 a.m. the rumbling of riders from the American Legion Rides Post #26 cleared a path for the Marine Corps color guard to parade with military service members, the Bakersfield College Drum Line, the Little Scouts Symphony, and other Boy Scouts, Scouts, and Cub Scouts.
At 10:00 a.m. George Martin presided over the opening ceremony. Don Clark performed official duties as Master of Ceremonies and introducing our distinguished guest speakers that included Judge Louis Etcheverry, Wesley Leon-Barrientos, and Jeremy Staat.
Patriotic music was provided by the United States Navy Band and the Frontier High School Chamber Singers.
Concluding the event was a 21-gun salute followed by the “Reading of the Names” by members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The Memorial is already a county-wide focal point of patriotic pride, and will be a sacred place of healing for those who have lost loved ones in the fight for freedom. The Memorial will be a powerful symbol to all generations of the sacrifice of the fall heroes that have given us the freedom to prosper, preach, pray, teach, publish, petition, play, protest, assemble, govern, travel, learn, invest, explore, and live our lives on our own terms.