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Thursday, May 22 2014 11:10 AM

'First Look': Memorial Day weekend events to honor veterans

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    Dick Taylor shares several ways you can remember and thank veterans this Memorial Day on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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If you don't have plans for Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of festivities to enjoy in Bakersfield with your family.

Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Dick Taylor of Kern County Veterans Affairs talked about the different ways you can honor a veteran.

If the smell of burning rubber and loud motors is your cup of tea, head out to the Kern County Raceway for the Armed Forces 150 at 7:35 p.m. Saturday. There will be an opening ceremony with a large American Flag unfolded by about 100 local JROTC, ROTC and cadets from Kern County. The night concludes with fireworks.

Taylor will be the grand marshal of the event.

"We live in a tremendous community," Taylor said. "We honor our military and veterans who protect and defend our country."

You can also visit the Bakersfield National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Sunday for a 30- to 40- minute ceremony. American flags will adorn the more than 2,800 graves, Taylor said.


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