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Desert Hot Springs Honors Our Local Veterans

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The city of Desert Hot Springs honored the men and women who have proudly served in our nation's armed forces.

The ceremony included Veterans saluting, flags flying high and tears shed. There was also a poem shared to describe the difficulties of serving.

Tom Garland, Gulf War Veteran, said he remembers those challenging times and came to honor his shipmates.

"It's a good way of remembering those who aren't with us anymore several of my shipmates are not with us anymore," said Garland.

The city plans to honor veterans beyond this holiday. In the past month, banners have been placed on Date Palm Drive and Pierson Boulevard.

Eddie Johnson, Vietnam Veteran and the Veteran Park care taker showed me to see his banner on Pierson Boulevard.

"Look at that good looking man. It looks like it was taken a few days ago. Don't you think," said Johnson.

Johnson said that cracking a few jokes eases the pain but seeing his banner has become a place of reflection.

"I'll never forget him cause he took my spot so I could be here with my legs," said Johnson.

Johnson continued to express his last words as he remembers his brother who served with him.

"So I am going to say one other thing, I love you, Jim King. No matter where your at you'll always be in my heart and always be in my memory," said Johnson.

Dani Romero

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