Bakersfield National Cemetery

$1,380 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 42 months
Jeff Hayward
for Bakersfield VA National Cemetery Support Committee
 BAKERSFIELD, CA
The mission of the Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee is to facilitate the enhancement, preservation, expansion and support of the Bakersfield National Cemetery, and participate in the coordination of events commemorating all U.S. military veterens.

The BNCSC has zero administrative cost run solely by volunteers.  Funds raised will be used for 3 seperate projects.

A) The Anenue of Flags; 66 flag poles with USA Flags illuminated around a half mile loop encompassing the cemetery
B) The Memorial Walkway; A strolling path through the cemertery with each Flag of the 50 United States and historical landmarks along the way
C) Grade and pave a walkway to meet ADA requirements, up a hill overlooking the entire cemetery underneath the 50' flag pole

Total estimated cost for all projects approximately $1,000,000.  All money raised will go to one of the three projects.

Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee

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HISTORY

Unique among all other national cemeteries, the 500-acre Bakersfield National Cemetery in the White Wolf area of the Tehachapi Mountains is nestled amidst wide-open stretches, mountain vistas and rolling grazing land where both cattle and camels once roamed. Dating back to the days of the Mexican land grants when California was still part of Mexico, the land has hosted vaqueros and cowboys, as well as the short-lived U.S. Army Camel Corps that was based in nearby Fort Tejon from 1857 to 1863.[1]

The cemetery site is surrounded by the 270,000-acre (422-square-mile) Tejon Ranch, the largest ranch in California, and one of the largest in the United States.[2]

The cemetery itself was originally part of a Mexican land grant that dates back to Nov. 24, 1843. That was when Mexican Governor Manuel Micheltorena gave the land to the original owners, Jose Antonio Aguirre and Ignacio de Valle. They called the land Rancho el Tejon.[3]

In the 1850s and 1860s, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale, hero of the Battle of San Pasqual and former superintendent of Indian affairs and surveyor-general of California, purchased Rancho el Tejon and three other land grants and assembled them into what he called the Ranchos el Tejon, now known simply as Tejon Ranch. Rancho el Tejon was the largest of the four. The White Wolf area, where the cemetery is located, was historically used for grazing and that practice continues today. It was so named because of the packs of white wolves that roamed the area. The vaqueros reported seeing them as late as 1875.[4]

Tejon Ranch Company donated the 500 acres for the cemetery in 2008. The cemetery is large enough to serve as the final resting place for 20,000 men and women.

Congress authorized the addition of new national cemeteries in 2003, including one in the Bakersfield area. When Tejon Ranch Company President Robert A. Stine heard about it, he contacted Congressman Bill Thomas and suggested that the White Wolf area of Tejon Ranch would be a good location. Barry Zoeller, Tejon's vice president of communications and marketing, recalls that Thomas agreed, saying it would be added to the list of possible sites. But when Stine said Tejon Ranch would be willing to donate the land, Thomas said that would probably put the site near the top of the list.[5]

Zoeller said that before Stine called Congressman Thomas, "he had a telephonic board meeting, and suggested this would be the right thing to do. In what may be the quickest board meeting on record, the directors unanimously agreed.”

That was in 2003. Tejon Ranch offered a choice of several locations in the White Wolf area, with the National Cemetery Administration eventually selecting the 500-acre site located just south of Highway 58 and west of Highway 223. The final transfer of land took place in 2008, and the first interment was on July 1, 2009, the 1,000th was March 4, 2011.
[1] Earle Crowe, Men of El Tejon. THE WARD RITCHIE PRESS: Los Angeles, 1957: p. 62.
[2] Gerald Thompson, Edward F. Beale & The American West. UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PRESS, 1983: p. xi.
[3] Bonnie Ketterl Kane, A View from the Ridge Route: Volume III The Ranchos, RIDGE ROUTE COMMUNITIES MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 2005, p. 69.
[4] Frank F. Latta, Saga of Rancho El Tejon, BEAR STATE BOOKS, 1976, 2006: p. 199.
[5] Remarks of Robert A. Stine, President and CEO of Tejon Ranch Company, at transfer ceremonies of Bakersfield National Cemetery, November 8, 2008.
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Thank you to all those who attended the Wreaths Across America wreath laying yesterday. A big thank you to the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club for organizing this wonderful event.

The Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee is still seeking donations to complete the Avenue of Flags. A half mile encircling the the top loop of the cemetery. We are still looking for concrete or electrical contractors, or donations. All donations are tax deductible.
Your donations go directly to support the improvements the the Bakersfield National Cemetery
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It has been a tremendous Memorial Day weekend. For some this was a sad day, but we were reminded that on Memorial Day we ought not hold the flag at half mast but it should be held high in great regard. The men and women died fighting for that flag and in their honor we celebrate their acheivement, and we thank them for their ultimate sacrifice defending her. Thank you Bakersfield National Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Hillcrest Cemetery, Ken Veterans Memorial, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club A Thousand Flags for celebrating and memorializing these fallen heros. God Bless the United States of America.
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Thank you all for attending the Memorial Day ceremony at the Bakersfield National Cemetery today.
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No amount is to small to protect what we have been given.
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Jeff Hayward
42 months ago

Thank you Isaias for your comment. We have three somewhat large projects. When we earn a good starting capital we will solicit sponsors to assist in the construction. At this point we are trying to raise some funds and bring greater awareness to the beautiful cemetery. Please like our Facebook page Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee. Thank again and please forward this link to your friends and family. Best regards Jeff

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Isaias Manriquez
42 months ago

Can someone contact local construction companies to see if they want to donate the time and equipment to do the ramp as a tax write off?

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$1,380 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 42 months
Created February 8, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Bakersfield VA National Cemetery Support Committee
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Anonymous
33 months ago
$100
Patricia Minga
35 months ago

In honor of my wonderful husband, Mack Minga, held close in my heart.

GW
$50
Gail Crawford White
41 months ago

In loving memory of my father & brother, who rest side by side there. William Crawford Sr & William Crawford Jr.

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Anonymous
42 months ago
DM
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David & Roberta Moore
42 months ago

This will be Roberta and I's final resting spot, hopefully some time from now

GS
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Greg and Joni Sceales
42 months ago

My Stepfather Donald Wigall and my Mother Betty Wigall remain there.... Thank you Jeff for giving us the opportunity to help.

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Michael Ryan
42 months ago

My father is buried at this beautiful gravesite. It's one beautiful place!

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Anonymous
42 months ago
KR
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Karen Rowles
42 months ago

Happy to contribute! I was just up there last Sunday. Gorgeous. Good luck!

Jeff Hayward
42 months ago

Thank you Isaias for your comment. We have three somewhat large projects. When we earn a good starting capital we will solicit sponsors to assist in the construction. At this point we are trying to raise some funds and bring greater awareness to the beautiful cemetery. Please like our Facebook page Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee. Thank again and please forward this link to your friends and family. Best regards Jeff

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Isaias Manriquez
42 months ago

Can someone contact local construction companies to see if they want to donate the time and equipment to do the ramp as a tax write off?

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