Merle Haggard will soon be the recipient of a lasting honor. The Country Music Hall of Fame member will have a post office building named after him in Bakersfield, California, a town with which he has become synonymous.
The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously this week to rename the facility the Merle Haggard Post Office Building. The resolution was brought forward by House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents the Bakersfield area. McCarthy said he hopes the new name will remind people of a community icon who never backed down, and a man whose honesty about his own failings lifted spirits and fed souls.
Haggard grew up in the Bakersfield area before famously helping develop the electrified Bakersfield Sound. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. The singer died in 2016 at age 79.
The resolution must now be passed by the U.S. Senate and approved by President Trump to take effect.