Tehachapi will honor military veterans during a trio of Veterans Day celebrations that begin on Friday, Nov. 9 with the local VFW Post 12114 visiting veterans in Tehachapi Hospital.
Three veterans from the Navy, Army and Marines are in residence at the hospital, and Daryl Black, Post Adjutant said he encourages others to visit, throughout the year as the visits are appreciated. The VFW will begin its rounds at 2 p.m.
Simultaneously across town, Tehachapi High School students will be participating in the school’s Fifth Annual Veterans Day Assembly.
All veterans are invited to join the students to honor local men and women who have served, or are serving in the Armed Forces.
Veterans or current Armed Force members are asked to attend wearing military uniform if possible, and to arrive at the school's front office by 1:40 p.m. You will check in and then be escorted to the gym for the assembly at 1:55 p.m.
The festivities continue in Bear Valley Springs on Sunday, Nov. 11 with the annual Veterans Day Program at the flagpole, near Cub Lake, starting at 10:30 a.m., with the lowering of the flag at 11 a.m., sharp.
The Boy Scouts of America, Bear Valley VIP’s, Tehachapi Police Pipe Band and the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) will take part in the program. Anyone wishing to attend, please call Jim Carmichael at 821-0493 for a gate pass.
Finally, while no events are scheduled, families may also honor veterans and military personnel that have served the United States Armed Forces by visiting the Bakersfield National Cemetery tucked neatly amongst the rolling hills alongside CA-223/East Bear Mountain Boulevard going toward Arvin.
The natural landscape of the White Wolf area of the Tehachapi Mountains provides the perfect setting for the 500-acre site that is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fresh cut flowers are welcomed and encouraged to be placed on graves all year round.