(Bakersfield, CA) The Kern County Heritage Commission will present its annual Flag Day ceremony at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Liberty Bell located in front of the Kern County Superior Courthouse, 1415 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. The public is invited to this patriotic event, which will include presentation of colors by the Bakersfield Navy League O’Callahan Cadets, flag salute, guest speaker Kern County Board of Supervisors, Leticia Perez, followed by tolling of the replica of the Liberty Bell. Scott Knoeb, Chairman of the Kern County Heritage Commission stated, “This is a fantastic opportunity to not only show our flag the respect it deserves, but also to educate our kids about the importance of patriotism. And one of the few times during the year when the public has a chance to ring this huge replica of the Liberty Bell”. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. On August 3rd, 1949 National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. The Kern County Heritage Commission, established by the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 1972, shall ring the Liberty Bell on any event of special significance deemed appropriate by the Board of Supervisors and the Heritage Commission. The Commission shall secure interested organizations to conduct the ceremonies appropriate to the occasions with a member of the Commission or his designee to be present and responsible for ringing the bell. The 200th Bicentennial Celebration of America's Independence in 1976 brought a replica of the Liberty Bell to Bakersfield. The Liberty Bell -- at Truxtun Avenue and Chester Avenue -- in front of the Kern County Superior Court building, was one of the two replica Liberty Bells allocated to California. The setting of the concrete was only a few hours old when it was pealed in the name of freedom for the first time.

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