Looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day this year? Tune in and look up! On Monday, May 25th, the Palm Springs Air Museum will be conducting a special “Red, White and YOU!” Coachella Valley fly over and Memorial Day ceremony. The Memorial Day service will be live streamed on the Museum’s webcam beginning at 10:45am. Pre-flight ceremonies include staging of the pilots and the vintage aircraft in advance of their Memorial Day ceremony. The formal ceremony will begin at 11am with museum Vice Chairman Fred Bell delivering a welcome speech and an explanation of what’s to come. Then, members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 11 will present burial flags to each honorary pilot who represents military personnel from World War II, including a Tuskegee Airman, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and an active-duty service member.
Beginning at 11:20am, the vintage warbirds will take flight over the Coachella Valley, with a route starting from Palm Springs International Airport on to the Desert Hot Springs City Hall, SunLine Transit Center in Thousand Palms, Sun City Shadow Hills, Indio City Hall, John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Indio, Coachella City Hall, Coachella Valley Water District, Cochran Regional Airport, La Quinta City Hall, Indian Wells City Hall, Palm Desert City Hall, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage City Hall, Cathedral City’s City Hall, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Tribal Offices in Palm Springs, Palm Springs City Hall, and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Once the vintage planes are done with their circle of the Coachella Valley, they will link up with other aircraft from around the Inland Empire over San Bernardino. The expanded squadron will then fly over a variety of locations around Southern California, including San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
For weekly inspiration, the Palm Springs Air Museum is conducting Frontline Fly-Overs at 1pm every Friday in May. These weekly flights include tours over major Coachella Valley cities, including Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, and Thermal, as well as high desert cities, including Yucca Valley and 29 Palms. The fly overs are a salute to frontline heroes, including essential workers and medical personnel, and something to look forward to observing each Friday as these awesome, impressive craft soar over the valley floor.
For the full details on the Memorial Day ceremonies as well as Frontline Fly-Overs, visit the Palm Springs Air Museum website.