Bakersfield’s unaccompanied veterans honored at National Cemetery


Even though their families weren’t able to be present, our community made sure three veterans weren’t alone again during a ceremony to honor their sacrifice. 

Bakersfield National Cemetery honored those who served our nation, whose family weren’t there when they were initially buried. 

James Shearer; U.S. Army, Dallas Brasher; U.S. Air Force and Ira Hilbern JR.; U.S. Army.

“Every veteran serves and every veteran deserves military honors and if they come here without a family we’re their family, so we’re going to make sure that we pay tribute to the service that they provided for their country,” said William Pickard, director of Bakersfield National Cemetery.

The cemetery provided full military honors to these three veterans who were buried without family present.

“Some of them just don’t have family, some are reclusive and they live by themselves,” said Pickard.

In their families place, the community came together to give these veterans the funeral service they deserved.

“We don’t want any veteran to go without a military burial,” said Larry Romero, U.S. Army veteran.

The Associated Veterans of Kern County Honor Guard performed the military honors and Pete De Los Santos, a representative of the cemetery received the flag in their honor.

“It’s a great honor when you get to see the discharges of these gentlemen, it’s like a piece of history, you get to be a part of them,” said De Los Santos.

Rendering respect to those veterans who may be gone, but not forgotten.

The ceremony happens quarterly. You are always invited to honor those who have served our country. The next ceremony is scheduled on March 20. 

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