Desert Memorial Park

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]

Desert Memorial Park
EstablishedOctober 31, 1956
CountryUnited States
Coordinates33°49′04″N 116°26′34″W[1]
Owned byPalm Springs Cemetery District
WebsiteOfficial Site
Find a GraveDesert Memorial Park
The Political GraveyardDesert Memorial Park

Notable interments

Among those buried here are:[6]

LGBTQ Veterans Memorial

In 2001 a memorial specifically honoring LGBTQ veterans was dedicated in the cemetery, called the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial.[7] In 2018, a law designating the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial as California's official LGBTQ veterans memorial was enacted. The memorial is an obelisk of South Dakotan mahogany granite with the logo of American Veterans for Equal Rights on it.[8]

See also


  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 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) Archived 2011-07-04 at the Wayback Machine 2002
  5. Palm Springs Cemetery District
  6. Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  7. "National LGBT Veterans Memorial". 2011–2102. Retrieved 2019-09-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. Ring, Trudy (2018). "California Becomes First State to Honor LGBTQ Veterans". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
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