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Many in attendance watch the flags go up during the National Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony. Dena Murphy, interim director for the Kern County Department of Human Services, gave the opening remarks.

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Jacob Ruiz of the Air Force JROTC Color Guard from Bakersfield High School raised the flags during the National Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony Friday.

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Heads are bowed during the invocation by Pastor Robin Robinson (not pictured) of Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church during Friday's National Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony at the Kern County Department of Human Services.

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Many attend the National Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony at the Kern County Department of Human Services building. This was for four Kern County children who died of abuse in 2013.

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Members of the Bakersfield High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard team raise the American flag and the Children's Memorial Flag Friday at the Kern County Department of Human Services builiding on Union Avenue and E. California Avenue.

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During the National Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony, Linda Snoddy plays Amazing Grace as she walks between Vincent Marquez, left, and Robert Nunez, right, two members of the Air Force JROTC Color Guard from Bakersfield High School. The ceremony took place at the Kern County Department of Human Services building at East California and Union avenues.

Four children lost their lives to abuse or neglect in Kern County last year, according to human services officials.

To remember them and the 38 children who have died for the same reasons from 2009 to 2013, the Kern County Department of Human Services held a ceremony Friday to reflect on their loss.

A Children's Memorial Flag was raised during the memorial held outside the Human Services Building. The red flag shows blue paper-doll-like figures of children holding hands. But in the center, a white chalk outline represents the children who have died, according to a Human Services news release.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.