Trace Adkins was in Bakersfield, California for a concert last week, but he made time to visit with some local hometown heroes as part of GAC’s new show, Great American Heroes, which will be hosted by Trace. Cameras rolled Thursday as Trace walked into the Bakersfield Veterans Center, reports KGET.
Trace was there to turn the tables on Wendy Porter, who works through the Wounded Heroes Fund to serve local veterans. Wendy and her organization were honored for their heroic work. “We’ve known for a little bit, but now that he’s here it’s kind of surreal,” Wendy said.
“This show is something I thought about doing a couple of years ago,” Trace said. “It just came from traveling around the country and meeting people who do selfless acts of kindness. I just thought, someone should give them a pat on the back.”
During Trace’s visit, Wendy led him and GAC cameras through the center and gave him a rundown of the services they offer, which includes counseling, guitar lessons and building a new outdoor grilling area for vets to have a safe place to hang out. Trace shook hands with veterans and helped plant a tree.
Earlier in the week, Trace visited with two other hometown heroes who will be part of the show, including Sgt. Chad Jackman, who runs the Bakersfield Police Activities League and The Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation. “I was humbled,” Sgt. Jackman said. “It wasn’t just me. They singled me out, but there are a lot of people who put a lot of love and work into this place for it to be what it is.”
“It has given me an opportunity to meet some absolute treasures,” Trace said of the show. “These people are wonderful individuals.” Bakersfield is one of ten cities across the country that will be featured on Great American Heroes, which premieres this fall.