Thursday, February 14, 2008
Merle Haggard Drive
Yesterday, I and hundreds of people, gathered at Bakersfield's Harley Davidson store along the new Merle Haggard Drive as the roadway was officially dedicated to Merle Haggard. It used to be 7th Standard road in Oildale. Merle drove up about 12:30 in his RV. He was walked up to the outdoor stage where he was praised by local dignitaries. He was accompanied by his wife, daughter and son. His son plays guitar in the band.
The owner of the Bakersfield Harley shop made Merle a custom made leather jacket that Merle put on to applause. The same giant flag that flew at Buck Owens funeral flew high above the stage thanks to the Bakersfield fire dept.