PALM SPRINGS — Riverside County is home to more than 130,000 veterans, which makes the annual Veterans Day Parade a set-aside day to pay tribute to them, thank them and honor them.

Thousands of spectators are expected in downtown on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the 22nd Annual city of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade. It parade begins at 3:30 p.m. in downtown Palm Springs.

The parade steps off on the famed Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north concluding at Alejo Road.

Immediately following the parade, the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band will perform a post-parade patriotic concert on the
corner of Palm Canyon and Amado Road. The concert concludes with a fireworks finale.

This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Served.” The city of Palm Springs has announced that once again, the Veterans Day National Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs has designated the city of Palm Springs as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day.

Only three other sites in California have been designated regional sites. They are the communities of Atwater and Lake Elsinore and the Merced Field of Honor.

The Veterans Day National Committee recognizes select Veterans Day observances throughout the country that represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Palm Springs is one of approximately 60 events nationwide to receive this important designation.

With thousands of United States Marines and Sailors stationed locally at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, the City’s Veterans Day Parade is a must-see for many Coachella Valley residents who have family or who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

The Veterans Day Parade would not be possible without the support of the  Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Palm Springs Disposal
Services, Desert Water Agency, Keenan Associates, Desert Regional Medical Center, Donna MacMillan, Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel “Manny” Perez, Wintec Energy, CNS Engineers, Inc., Jessup Motors, ERSC, Inc, Mr. Tom Martin, Burrtec, Palm
Springs Convention Center, and Palm Springs Marathon Runners.