Vets and families gather over barbecue to honor the fallen

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) As barbecue grills sizzled and music played, the celebration in the spirit of honor was felt by those strolling through Camp Hamilton.

The site is home to thousands trees planted with plaques dedicated to veterans. For the past two years, Ron Newton has celebrated the life of his grandfather by visiting this monument and the tree marked in his honor.

"He was an Oklahoma Indian so I thought this would be a nice honor," Newton said.

During the dedication ceremony, eight families added their loved ones to the ranks of those remembered. David Woolard was among those.

"My dad was a hard working honest man and he loved his service to our country. This is me expressing my honor to him," Woolard said.

The food that fed the crowd of nearly 300 was provided by several nonprofit groups.

"Detentions deputies along with Trinity Food Services and Valley Bible Fellowship donate money and product and we provide food for the veterans," said Todd Dearmore of the Kern County Detention Officers Association.