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Welcome to the
Kern County WWII Veterans Memorial Site
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING!
Please join us on Saturday, 12/10/22 at 10:00a.m. at Jastro Park, 2900 Truxtun Ave.
for our Dedication Day ceremony.


Please check back for updates & shuttle information! 

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Thank you to our Sponsors
Colonel
($25,000-49,999)
 
A-C Electric

Klassen Corporation
S. C. Anderson

Thank you to our Sponsors
General
($50,000+)


Steve Ogden Concrete
w/ assistance from

Terry Bedford Concrete, Monroe Construction 
& 3G Rebar

 

Thank you to our Sponsors
Major
($15,000-24,999)

Grainger Family Trust
Granite Construction
TC Welding & Fabrication 

Thank you to our Sponsors
Captain
($10,000-14,999)

Chevron Products Co.
The Cynthia A. Giumarra Trust
HPS Mechanical
Kern County Builders Exchange
Kern Valley State Prison

 

 

Event Calendar

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Interested in Volunteering?
Sign up Now!

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Sponsoring any WWII Veteran

to be engraved on the memorial 

 

Sponsorship is $250

WWII Veteran Criteria

MUST have served in 1 of the 6 major military branches between 1941-1945

& have a Kern County affiliation. 

 

 

TWO (2) ways to sponsor... 

 

1. Mail a check to: 

Kern County WWII Veterans Memorial

6077 Coffee Road #4-192

Bakersfield, CA 93308

 

2. Paypal (Click Link)

**When sponsoring ANY WWII Veteran, when completing the payment process online or by check, please specify their name (First, Middle Int., Last) in the NOTES section.** 

 The DEADLINE for names to be on the memorial PRIOR to the dedication ceremony was 8/30/2022.

Any Veteran sponsorships after 8/30/2022 can STILL be sponsored & engraved on the memorial. We will be adding alphabetical batches beginning in early 2023. 

Questions?? Please call Ed Gaede Jr. at (661) 343-7658 for more information. 

other sponsorship information & levels are available 

 
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Sponsorship LevelS

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Secure donations can be made through PayPal or GoFundMe using the following links...

*Please click "add a note" to designate your sponsored Veteran's name (First, Middle In., Last)."

Please make checks payable & mail toKern County WWII Veterans Memorial

                                                                6077 Coffee Road #4-192

                                                                   Bakersfield, CA 93308

*IF sponsoring a Kern County WWII Veteran, please specify their name (First, Middle Int., Last).

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Thank you...

Our board and committee members thank you for supporting this important memorial. Your generous donation will help us build a lasting tribute to our local WWII Veterans and the organizations that supported them. 

EIN # 86-3157816

 

In The News

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To request an interview or a presentation, please contact Board President, Ed Gaede Cell Phone: (661)343-7658. 

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Memorial Plans

(click here for a video Rendition of the Memorial)

 

The memorial location site has been approved by the Bakersfield City Council.  The memorial will be located at Jastro Park in Bakersfield, California.

The Memorial Dedication Date of 11/11/2022 has been POSTPONED.

The tentative dedication date will now be in the WINTER 2022.

Please check back here for an update on the Dedication Day. 

 

 

“The Kern County WWII Veterans Memorial will have…

  • Six (6) large black granite pieces placed in a semicircle.

    • Each granite piece will represent the six (6) branches of the American Armed Forces during WWII. 

    • Engraved on the front of each black granite piece will be the names of the 684 Kern County WWII Veterans who lost their lives in action during the war.

    • Engraved on the opposite side of these black granite pieces will be the names of sponsored Kern County WWII Veterans who served and returned home.

  • Four (4) smaller black granite pieces at the forefront of the memorial, which will display the names of the organizations that supported the war effort.

  • Memorial Centerpiece

    • The centerpiece will have a 5 foot base with the county and city seals placed on it along with six (6) gold stars representing each of the branches of Armed Forces as well as the memorial name.

    • On top of the base will be a 6' full sized sculpture by Benjamin Victor of a mother holding her child after having read a telegram that says, “The War Department regrets to inform you…” 

  • The perimeter of the memorial will have six (6) solid granite benches.”

  • An etched educational timeline, depicting events of WWII.

 
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Future Site for the Kern County WWII Veteran Memorial

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OUR MOTTO: 

HONORING KERN COUNTY'S GREATEST GENERATION

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MISSION STATEMENT

To create a permanent tribute honoring all Kern County WWII Veterans and those who supported them.  

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VISION STATEMENT:

To serve our community with a beautiful memorial honoring Kern County WWII Veterans that will be a place of reverence, remembrance, and education for all who visit.  

 

Committee Information

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ABOUT OUR COMMITTEE:  

We are at the forefront of commemorating Kern County World War II Veterans.  The Kern County World War II Veterans Memorial Committee is a group of local volunteers driven by a single goal;  to Honor and Memorialize our country's Greatest Generation.  The Kern County World War II Veterans Committee is leading the way to ensure their legacy and the values they represent are passed on to future generations.

Board of Directors 
Ed Gaede-President
Wendy Ward-Vice President
Mayde Hurley-Secretary
Karen Lopeteguy-Treasurer
Walter Grainger-WWII Veteran
Paul Burzych-Member at Large
Kathleen Grainger-Schaffer-Member at Large
Dan Schaffer-Member at Large
Jacquie Sullivan-Member at Large

Visionary
Marc Sandall

Special Advisory Members
Shannon Grove 
Mike Hart
Justina Howell 
Judy McCarthy
Jim Scott
David Williams

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Point of Contact 
Contact:  Ed Gaede Cell Phone: (661) 343-7658
Email: KernCountyWWIIMemorial@gmail.com
Mailing Address: Kern County WWII Veterans Memorial, 6077 Coffee Road #4-192, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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