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Responsibility, Community Nov 19, 2019

Just in time for Veterans Day: A building upgrade for the Delano American Legion

Delano American Legion

Helping celebrate Veterans Day at the upgraded American Legion building in Delano are (left to right): Ricardo Del Hoyo, representative for State Senator Melissa Hurtado; Tony Martinez, Vietnam veteran and president of Rebuilding Together Kern County; Aera’s Sam Parks, Mike Arias and Janea’ Benton; Grace Vallejo, Delano City Council; Eric Arias, representative for Assemblyman Rudy Salas; and Aera’s Linda Mohammad.

The American Legion Post 124 in Delano celebrated Veterans Day this month with new roof and upgraded exterior on its community building, thanks to the efforts of Aera Energy, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, Southwest Carpenter’s Union No. 661, Rebuilding Together Kern County and Home Depot.

The idea for the building improvement was born last year, when employees from Aera’s Belridge operations pledged to donate personal funds to help improve the 95-year-old structure. Located on Kensington Street, the American Legion building is a place where military veterans and the Delano community gather throughout the year.

“There was a lot of work that needed to be done, but we knew that without a solid roof, all the work inside would be unprotected,” said Janea’ Benton, Aera public affairs representative. “So, we fixed the roof to protect the building of the men and women who protected us.”

Once the roof was completed, Assemblyman Salas took on the exterior facelift as a veterans’ project.

Salas and his staff organized the community to get the project finished in time for this year’s annual Veterans Day celebration. The project included plastering and painting the building’s exterior walls. Home Depot donated the materials. Workers with the Southwest Carpenter’s Union No. 661 volunteered their time to help get the project finished.

“Delano has a strong connection to service and our Armed Forces, which is why it is so special that this project be completed on Veterans Day,” Salas told the Delano Record.

“I look forward to continuing to support our local veterans,” he added, “and I am excited to attend future community events at the revitalized American Legion Hall.”

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