Desert Memorial Park

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Desert Memorial Park
EstablishedOctober 31, 1956
LocationCathedral City, California
CountryUnited States
Coordinates33°49′04″N 116°26′34″W / 33.8177965°N 116.4427901°W / 33.8177965; -116.4427901Coordinates: 33°49′04″N 116°26′34″W / 33.8177965°N 116.4427901°W / 33.8177965; -116.4427901[1]
Owned byPalm Springs Cemetery District
WebsiteOfficial Site
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Desert Memorial Park is a cemetery in Cathedral City, California, United States, near Palm Springs.[2] Opening in 1956 and receiving its first interment in 1957,[3] it is maintained by the Palm Springs Cemetery District.[4] The District also maintains the Welwood Murray Cemetery in Palm Springs.[5] In 2001, the first American memorial specifically honoring LGBTQ veterans was dedicated in the cemetery, called the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial.[6][7] In 2018, a bill was signed into law designating that LGBTQ Veterans Memorial as California's official LGBTQ veterans memorial. Due to this, California became the first state in the nation to officially recognize LGBTQ military veterans.[7] The memorial is an obelisk of South Dakotan mahogany granite with the logo of American Veterans for Equal Rights on it.[7]

Notable interments[edit]

Among those buried here are:[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
  2. ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 238–245. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362.
  3. ^ The Palm Springs Cemetery District itself was formed in 1917 and covers 504 square miles, including Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, and Rancho Mirage. See: Robinson, Nancy (1992). Palm Springs History Handbook. Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Public Library. p. 7. OCLC 31595834.
  4. ^ The Palm Springs Cemetery District is a Special District established under California's Special District Law. See: Kimia Mizany and April Manatt, California Senate Local Government Committee, What's So Special About Special Districts? A Citizen's Guide to Special Districts in California (Third Edition) 2002
  5. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District
  6. ^ "National LGBT Veterans Memorial". Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  7. ^ a b c Ring, Trudy (2018). "California Becomes First State to Honor LGBTQ Veterans". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  8. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"

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