Merle Haggard Post Office Building dedicated in downtown Bakersfield

A sign for the dedication of the Merle Haggard Post Office Building is seen following a ceremony Friday, April 6, 2018, in downtown Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A Bakersfield post office was dedicated Friday for native son and country music legend Merle Haggard, on what would've been his 81st birthday.

The resolution to rename the post office on 18th Street in honor of Haggard was introduced by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader from Bakersfield. President Donald Trump gave the action final approval in March.

Members of Haggard's family joined McCarthy and other local leaders for the renaming ceremony. Widow Theresa Haggard called it a "special day" and said the Merle Haggard Post Office Building is a "great honor."

Friday also marked two years since Haggard's death.

“It’s an honor, especially doing it on April 6,” McCarthy said.

The congressman praised Haggard for his path of redemption: humble beginnings, a stint in prison, hard work and eventually stardom.

“He changes his life around and becomes an icon. Why? Cause he took the values of Bakersfield,” McCarthy said.

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