Assemblymember Salas, Kern River Blue Star Moms, and City of Bakersfield Spearhead Hometown Hero Banners Program

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Assemblymember Salas with Hometown Hero Banners

Banners will honor and recognize active duty military who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces

BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), the Kern River Blue Star Moms and the City of Bakersfield unveil the Hometown Hero Banners program to honor and recognize active duty military from Kern County. The Kern River Blue Star Moms, City of Bakersfield and Assemblymember Salas have been instrumental in the development of the Hometown Hero Banners Program and had been the culmination of two years of planning and community engagement.

“This event today exemplifies years of hard work and collaboration from my office, the Kern River Blue Star Moms, and the City of Bakersfield,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am proud that we have been able to create an event that truly recognizes and honors our active duty military personnel from Bakersfield. Those who serve and sacrifice in defense of our great nation merit our gratitude, recognition and respect.”

“The Kern River Blue Star Moms have been honored to work with the City of Bakersfield and Assemblymember Rudy Salas to bring Hometown Hero Banners to Bakersfield,” said Christine Heard, President of Kern River Blue Star Moms.  “We have been working on this project for a couple of years and are so pleased that the Banners are finally a reality. It’s great to have the community join us in honoring and supporting our active duty military.”

Assemblymember Salas authored ACR 29 this year to designate May 2019 as Blue Star Mothers of America Month, last week welcoming and recognizing Blue Star Moms from Assembly District 32 and all across California as he presented the resolution on the Assembly Floor. This is the third consecutive year that Assemblymember Salas has authored the resolution designating May as Blue Star Mothers of America Month. He is also authoring legislation to help make it easier for disabled veterans to purchase automotive adaptive equipment that they need in order to drive.

The Blue Star Mothers of America is the largest and fastest growing military family organization in the country and has inspired more than 26 million hours of volunteer service nationwide.  They were founded as a patriotic service organization during WWII to unite mothers who had sons or daughters in the United States Armed Forces.  Today, they continue to provide support for active duty service personnel and their families with over 7,500 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation and 25 Chapters in California.  Last year the Kern River Blue Star Moms raised over $4,000 and sent over 400 care packages to troops.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.