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Thursday, Oct 04 2012 06:30 PM

Obama to land at Meadows Field for Monday visit

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

President Barack Obama, slated to visit Keene to announce the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, is scheduled to land at about 9 a.m. Monday at Meadows Field Airport, said Jack Gotcher, director of Kern County Airports.

How Obama will get from the airport to Keene, an approximately 40-mile journey, remains unknown.

Obama 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 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 or chavezfoundation.org. Attendees are encouraged to arrive as early as 7 a.m. because everyone will need to go through a security screening.

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