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Wednesday, Oct 03 2012 05:08 PM

Public welcomed to Chavez dedication

BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer jburger@bakersfield.com

The general public will be welcomed to the grounds of Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz in Keene Monday to witness President Barack Obama dedicate a portion of the historic property as the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

Marc Grossman, spokesman for the United Farm Workers union and the Cesar Chavez Foundation, said thousands are expected to attend the event, driving from across the state and the region to mark the celebration with the president.

Exactly how many people can be accommodated is not certain, he said, but he was fairly certain there would be room. The Chavez Foundation owns 187 acres in the area.

Members of the public who want to attend the event, Grossman said, will need to fill out online forms that will eventually be available on the ufw.org or chavezfoundation.org websites. Attendees will need to submit their name, address and contact information.

Grossman encouraged people to arrive very early for the event and be prepared for a wait as everyone attending will need to go through a security screening.

Exact logistics of the event are still being worked out, he said, including details of parking and the time the event location will open.

Grossman said the UFW and the Chavez Foundation have already been inundated by people who plan to attend the celebration.

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