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Thousands across valley gather to honor war veterans

Published On: May 26 2014 12:47:45 PM CDT
Updated On: May 26 2014 09:30:00 PM CDT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Thousands of valley residents gathered today to remember local war heroes that gave their lives for our country.   From Palm Springs to Coachella valley residents paused to reflect on those who served our countries and payed the ultimate price.

Veterans as well as community members gathered at the Coachella Valley Cemetary in Coachella, to remember those who gave their lives for our country. Local leaders spoke to the crowd. We talked to a veteran about what he hopes people remember on this day.
 
"I'd like to see more. These men and women who gave their lives for their country need to be remembered. The freedoms we have are the ones they fought and died for," Daniel Aknsel of the California State Military said.

The cadets of Indio High School, a part of the California Cadet Corps, were at the ceremony as well, presenting the colors.

Indian Wells and Cathedral City also hosted events that brought out veterans, city leaders and the community.  

The Valley's most colorful event happened at the Palm Springs Air Museum early Monday afternoon.  The annual Memorial Day Flower Drop brought nearly a thousand people out to watch the event.  3,000 carnations were dropped from a vintage World War II era airplane.