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Previewing Memorial Day Events in the Coachella Valley

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and people throughout the nation are taking time to remember those who lost their lives serving this country.

To help you observe the holiday, we're previewing several events throughout the Coachella Valley. You can find the full list of events with dates, locations, and times here.

People like Susie Del Toro, will take time on Memorial Day to remember friends and family that have passed away while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"My late husband was a Vietnam veteran, and I have a son that's a veteran too," says Del Toro, Founder or Freedom Flags for Families.

Del Toro and volunteers spent all morning decorating fallen veteran's headstones with flags and wreaths.

"I get several calls, appreciating, you know, thanking me for remembering their loved ones," Del Toro shares.

It's all in preparation for the Memorial Day service that will take place at the Coachella Valley Cemetery Monday morning starting at 9 a.m. by the Ultimate Sacrifice Wall.

The city of Indian Wells is also holding their own Memorial Day ceremony at the Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Indian Wells Council Member, Greg Sanders says the event, "Will be honoring all of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines who have given their lives for this country. And it's a reminder that freedom is not free."

Sanders also encourages people to take some time this weekend to remember the fallen military members who have served this country, "For for most of us, it's a nice three day holiday. But we do need to remember the sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice paid by all of the men and women who have kept this country free."

The Palm Springs Air Museum will also hold their flower drop ceremony this Memorial Day. They're going to be dropping a record number of 6,500 carnations this year.

The event is also honoring the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Fred Bell, with the Palm Springs Air Museum shares, "We honor the Goldstar families, which, sadly, Hunter Lopez has been added to that list. And he'll be part of that this year. But we don't ever want those folks to get forgotten. And they go all the way back to World War Two. So 75 years ago.” 

Memorial Day is observed the last Monday of May each year.

Join us Monday for live coverage throughout the Coachella Valley as we observe Memorial Day and remember our fallen veterans.

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Bianca Ventura

Bianca Ventura joined KESQ News Channel 3 as a reporter in February 2022.
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