TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will honor Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their military families with a new flagpole dedication and the opportunity to view fireworks on July 4 on the grounds of the Tortoise Rock Casino, located in Twentynine Palms.

These free events are arranged in a partnership with the Marine Corp Community Services of Twenty-Nine Palms and are a part of the Tribe’s new Family Fun Day.

The flagpole dedication ceremony and an accompanying Marine Corps Color Guard presentation of the American flag will take place at 10 a.m. and will include free hot dogs and refreshments.

Many local elected officials and other notable attendees will attending the flagpole commemoration, including City of Twentynine Palms Mayor Joel Klink, Councilmembers Karmolette O’Gilvie and McArthur Wright, City Manager Frank Luckino, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith, San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Roe, Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten, and Twentynine Palms Marine Base Community Liaison Specialist Kimberly Pope.

Later that night at 9 p.m. the Tribe will provide an area on the casino grounds for safe drive-up viewing of the annual fireworks display from the Marine Corps base. Hot dogs will be served for $1 or will be free with military ID. Both events are social-distancing friendly and will follow extensive safety protocols.

“The Tribe wishes to honor those who serve in the United States Armed Forces and their families,” Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman Darrell Mike said in a statement. “Our Family Fun Day features two free events not only for military families but for all of the extended community members near the Twentynine Palms Marine base. We thank all active-duty and veterans for their service.”


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