Houchin Community Blood Bank is proud to honor our local veterans by dedicating a NEW Veterans Wall of Honor at Houchin’s Bolthouse Donor Center, 11515 Bolthouse Drive in Bakersfield. The NEW Veterans Wall of Honor was designed by Houchin staff who have previously served in the military. The wall will feature seals from the five branches of the armed forces: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, along with military campaign ribbons representing recent military operations.
An unveiling ceremony will be held on Veteran’s Day weekend on Saturday, November 9th, at 0900 (9:00 AM) at Houchin’s Bolthouse Donor Center. The public is invited to attend the event and donate blood in honor of someone who has served or currently serves our Country. Members of the military are invited to come in uniform to be honored and support the event. All military personnel, both past and present, who donate blood between November 9 to 16 will receive a commemorative military challenge coin for their service.
The event will begin with a flag ceremony followed by remarks by dignitaries and veterans — breakfast burritos will be provided to those who attend.
Houchin’s CEO, Brad Bryan, currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard Reserves and has been deployed eight times during his military career, carrying out combat support, counter-terrorism operations, humanitarian assistance, and oil/hazmat response. “The theme of our Veteran’s Wall of Honor is Service and Sacrifice to our Community,” said Bryan. “I hope we all take a moment to thank our military service members and veterans for their service and sacrifice this Veteran’s Day. Houchin Community Blood Bank wants to also thank our current and former military members who continue that lineage of service and sacrifice by donating blood and saving the lives of those in our community.”
The wall will be a permanent fixture at the Bolthouse Donor Center and is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information call Houchin Community Blood Bank at 661-323-4222.