Bakersfield High School will unveil its new Freedom Tree planted in honor of Navy Commander James Mills, a BHS class of 1958 alumnus, on Friday.
Mills was a naval aviator who went missing when his fighter jet disappeared from radar in 1966 off of the coast of Vietnam.
In 1972, BHS planted the original Freedom Tree, but during a storm last year, it fell. The loss of the Freedom Tree coincided with news that Mills' remains were found after 52 years.
Friday’s ceremony, beginning at 1 p.m., will include comments from Mills' sister.
For more information, please contact KHSD Public Information Officer Erin Briscoe-Clarke at (661) 827-3171 or Erin_Briscoe@KernHigh.org.