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PHOTO GALLERY: Wreaths Across America honors fallen service members

Wreaths Across America returned to Bakersfield National Cemetery on Saturday in a slightly different format with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and public safety guidelines currently in place. There was no on-site ceremony this year, rather a 9 a.m. virtual ceremony was held on the Wreaths Across America - Bakersfield Facebook page. The event’s purpose remained the same, however — honoring nearly 6,750 service members buried at the cemetery with the placement of balsam veterans’ wreaths at headstones. In total, the organization said it places more than 2.2 million sponsored wreaths annually at over 2,200 participating locations nationwide to honor fallen service members.