Cathedral City, California: First LGBT Veterans Memorial in the U.S.

A small cemetery obelisk -- with an American eagle and pink triangle, and explanatory plaque -- was dedicated on Memorial Day 2001.

Address:
31-705 Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City, CA
Directions:
In Desert Memorial Park, on the northwest corner of Da Vall Drive and Ramon Rd. Drive to the center of the cemetery; you'll see the Veterans Chapel. The small obelisk stands in the grass in front and to the right of the Chapel.
Hours:
Gates open daily 7-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
760-328-3316
Admission:
Free
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Veterans Memorial

In Desert Memorial Park, a cemetery that holds the remains of many famous and infamous people of the stage and screen, there is also a monument honoring Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender veterans who proudly served our country in the military. Erected on Memorial Day 2001, it was the first monument of its kind in the U.S. An obelisk with the image of an eagle and a pink triangle, and a plaque, commemorate this group of brave men and women.

Also, while there, check out the graves of Frank Sinatra, Sonny Bono, the creator of Howdy Doody, Busby Berkley, and others. The cemetery office offers a free map showing the locations of the more famous of its residents. This is a cemetery, so please be respectful.

[Ty Silvia, 06/21/2014]

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