Bakersfield National Cemetery holds ceremony honoring fallen heros


A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Bakersfield National Cemetery Saturday to pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. 

“Memorial Day is something very special in reflecting and representing my brother veterans who served,” Vietnam Veteran Art Guzman said. “And we represent the guys on the wall that can’t speak for themselves. I don’t want to forget them. I have two POW MIA bracelets that I wear, I wear my dog tags every Memorial Day to remember and to say thanks guys, I still love you man.”

Family members of those interred at the cemetery placed American flags at their loved ones graves before the ceremony. 

The ceremony include a presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, playing of taps, and a rifle salute. Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, Commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, was the keynote speaker.

After the ceremony, hundreds of volunteers placed American flags on the remaining graves.

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