A thousand flags to pay tribute to our heroes on Memorial Day

Event is taking place at the Park at River Walk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - For more than two hundred years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation's strength and unity and this weekend, one-thousand flags will fly with pride as we remember our hometown heroes.

"This is an opportunity to celebrate, not just those who have fallen, but also those who are active in service," said event coordinator Becky Brooks. "Every single person who has been killed in action, our police, our sheriff's, our firefighters are on our honoree list for this event."

The inaugural event is taking place all of Memorial Day weekend. The flags, which have been the source of pride and inspiration for many people, will be on display.

"It is an incredible powerful experience to walk through these flags," said Brooks, with the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club. "It is an incredibly emotional experience." 

People visiting the park may sponsor one of the flags, and organizers say donations are being taken online and also at the event. 

On Memorial Day, people who sponsored a flag may return to the park area as JROTC programs provide a 13-foldf flag presentation.

"I am hoping that they are just in the spirit of awe and amazement and thankfulness and gratefulness for those in their lives who have come before them to educate them to love them to fight for their country," said Denise Haynes, a volunteer at the event. 

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