CRC Honors Fallen Heroes at Portrait of a Warrior Gallery in Bakersfield
California Resources Corporation (CRC) has a strong tradition of supporting military veterans and heroes. Service to community is a key value for our employees, which highlights why we were a proud sponsor of the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery, which recently held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in Bakersfield. Honoring Kern County fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country since the September 11th attacks 17 years ago, the gallery features 27 post-9/11 warriors who were killed in action or died because of wounds suffered on the battlefield, honorably recognizing and memorializing those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It also serves as a reminder that the price of freedom is unequivocally not free and The Warrior Gallery stands in solidarity with a lasting tribute to those fallen heroes and their Gold Star families, relatives of U.S. military members who died in battle.
CRC’s President and CEO Todd Stevens served as an Army Infantry Officer and provided a dedication at the grand opening of the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery, recognizing the servicemen and women in attendance, thanking the Gold Star families for their indelible sacrifice and commemorating the noble contributions made to this country by their loved ones.
Additional features of the gallery include a tribute to Vietnam fallen, a re-creation of a squad room to give visitors a glimpse into how servicemen live while deployed, a display of 82,000 personalized dog tags representing our country’s MIA’s, a Veterans Resource Room and the Education Room, which CRC has sponsored. The Education Room will host many visiting organizations in and around Kern County as a place for discussion, connection and remembrance, in addition to offering veteran activities and educational opportunities for school age children.
In the Company’s ongoing efforts to support military and veteran organizations, CRC was pleased to join Bakersfield’s Downtown Business Development Corporation, along with many other community partners, to help support, develop and encourage projects like the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery.