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Public invited to 'Friends of Fallen Heroes' service at Bakersfield National Cemetery

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The Veterans Administration ID that Jack Dufur helped Daryl Collins obtain; Collins created the “Jesus” carving in an earthen embankment alongside Highway 58 east of bakersfield.

Daryl Collins, a Vietnam era Navy veteran who was introduced to Tehachapi News readers by Jon Hammond on Jan. 1, will be remembered in a ceremony at the Bakersfield National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Collins, the man who created and maintained a "Jesus" sign in an earthen embankment on the north side of Highway 58 east of Bakersfield for nearly a decade will be honored along with other veterans who were indigent, homeless or without family members to claim them their bodies.

According to Cindy Van Bibber, director of the national cemetery, a quarterly "Friends of Fallen Heroes" service is held to "honor those who served this great country, who have not or may not have had military honors when they were interred."

The service is open to the public. Collins and others will be recognized.

Collins died Sept. 18, 2013, and his story was shared with Hammond by Tehachapi resident Jack Dufur, who befriended the vet before his death. He asked for no assistance or recognition and in his final years lived in a dry sump just west of the Weedpatch Highway exit of westbound Highway 58.

CLICK HERE to read Jon Hammond's original story about Daryl Collins and Jack Dafur.


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