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.