The Thousand Flags display, put on by Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club, returned to The Park at River Walk for the fifth year, bringing out thousands to pay their respects to our troops.
“We honor military folks who have died in the line of service as they are serving the United States, which is traditional in terms of Memorial Day,” member of Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club Cheryl Scott said. “But we go a step further and we also honor veterans, whether they are serving now or have served in the past and also first-responders.”
A thousand American flags were placed throughout the the park, paying tribute to the men and women who serve.
“I feel blessed to be living in America,” Thousand Flags observer Tameka Bluebaugh said. “I thank God every day that we are able to do the things we can do because of our men and women, because they are paying the ultimate sacrifice.”
Accompanying the flags, the playing of “Taps” and a lowering of the flag ceremony took place Saturday and Sunday night.
“It never gets old,” Scott said. “It’s always a moving experience, walking through the flags and just being in the middle of a sea of red, white and blue and thinking about why we have, in our country, the liberties that we have and the people who have given the sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice many of them, for us to have those liberties. It’s a time of reflection.”
The display continues through Monday.
You can sponsor a flag to take home at the end of the weekend for $50 dollars on the Thousand Flags website.