Details about President Barack Obama's scheduled visit to Keene next Monday are beginning to emerge.
The president will be in the area to announce the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. The monument is being designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. It will be the fourth national monument Obama has designated. The monument will be administered by the National Park Service.
The Bakersfield Californian has reported that he is scheduled to land at about 9 a.m. Monday at Meadows Field Airport, according to Jack Gotcher, director of Kern County Airports.
President William Clinton also flew into Meadows Field on April 15, 2000, on his way to sign a proclamation creating Giant Sequoia National Monument in the mountains east of Porterville, also under the authority of the Antiquities Act .
How Obama will get from the airport to Keene, an approximately 40-mile journey, remains unknown. Nor has the time of the ceremony been released.
He is visiting to dedicate the monument at Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), more commonly called La Paz, where Chavez spent the last 22 years of his life and was buried.
La Paz is a 187-acre property. The monument area, donated by the Cesar Chavez Foundation to the federal government, will be a three-acre portion that includes a memorial garden where Chavez was buried, his office and house.
The monument is being designated under the Antiquities Act. It will be the fourth national monument Obama has designated. The monument will be administered by the National Park Service.
The public is invited to attend the dedication. But how many people can be accommodated is uncertain. Those who wish to attend need to fill out forms at ufw.org. The UFW is encouraging visitors to arrive as early as 7 a.m. because everyone will need to go through a security screening.
THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN contributed to this report.