City of Palm Springs to host Veterans Day Drive-Thru Appreciation Luncheon

In lieu of the annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Palm Springs, the city of Palm Springs still has space available to register for a special Veterans Day Drive-Thru Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The drive-thru luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. Veterans should enter in their vehicles from Civic Drive and exit City Hall from El Cielo Road. In addition, the Palm Springs American Legion will present the Color and the Palm Springs Air Museum will provide a patriotic flyover at 11 a.m.

The annual Veterans Day Parade, which each year brings more than 20,000 residents and visitors to downtown was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The city of Palm Springs has a long tradition of honoring our local veterans who have served in the Armed Forces,” Cynthia Alvarado-Crawford, director of Parks and Recreation, said in a prepared statement. “It is important that we continue to pay tribute to these brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedoms – even during a global pandemic,”

Strict social distancing protocols will be in place and face coverings are required to be worn at all times during the event.

Interested veterans should sign up by emailing or call (760) 323-8272.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Uniformed Services Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in recognition and commemoration of the Veterans who have served in the U.S. Uniformed Services. The ceremony will be hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones, commanding general, Joint Task Force – National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

The nation’s 67th Veterans Day Observance will honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Uniformed Services during war and peacetime.

Ceremonial activities at Arlington National Cemetery will begin 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 11. View the ceremony via the live stream link. 

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