Ceremony Held For Veterans Memorial Park in Coachella

Ceremony Held For Veterans Memorial Park in Coachella


Coachella, CA

The opening ceremony for the newly renovated Veterans’ Memorial Park was held Sunday.  Various speakers, including Louise Granados Rodarte, the 91 year-old sister of Herman Granados, Coachella Valley’s first casualty of World War II spoke at the ceremony

Earlier this year, the City Council approved more than $4 million in contracts to revamp the existing Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Renovations included engraved tiles in several areas in the park, such as a Veterans’ Story Wall, an Honor Wall and an Ultimate Sacrifice Wall, which will commemorate veterans from the area, according to City Engineer Jonathan Hoy.

The park will also feature a new amphitheater, lawn areas for special events, a memorial fountain, a rose garden and a date palm grove.

Congressman Raul Ruiz and representatives for state Sen. Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia attended the ceremony.
   “It’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful tribute,” Rodarte said.
   Other speakers at the event included:
   – Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez
   – Col. Hal Sellers of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base
   – Mike Pierson, a Vietnam veteran and general manager of the General Patton Museum
   – Susie del Toro, wife of the late Trino del Toro, a Silver Star Vietnam veteran who was the force behind getting Coachella’s Veterans’ Park dedicated 28 years ago as the Vietnam Veterans Park.
   – Alfredo Jimenez, Vietnam veteran and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3699 in Indio.