Coachella Valley Historical Society officials will hold a dedication ceremony next week for the newly renovated Japanese Memorial Garden, it was announced Thursday.

The ceremony will be held on March 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the garden, located at the Coachella Valley History Museum. The event is free and will feature a number of events including a taiko drum performance, origami folding and an ikebana flower demonstration and display.

The dedication ceremony itself will feature a Shinto blessing by Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki of the Kondo Church in Los Angeles, who performed the same ceremony during the garden’s original dedication in 1986.

Created in 1985 and dedicated on April 5, 1986, the garden was intended to preserve the cultural heritage of the Japanese community and recognize the contributions of its early first-generation families who arrived in the Coachella Valley between 1903 and 1929 to establish farms.

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