The Assembly Thursday approved a bill that would make the LGBT Veterans Memorial in Cathedral City’s Desert Memorial Park the nation’s first official state memorial to LGBT veterans.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, was joined in Sacramento Thursday by Cathedral City Mayor Stan Henry and Mayor Pro Tem Greg Pettis for the vote on AB 2439.

“California must honor all the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. This memorial is a testament to honor the contributions the LGBT community has made to the security of the United States,” Garcia said. “The Cathedral City LGBT Veterans Memorial is the first of its kind within the entire nation and is well deserving of this recognition.”

The memorial was first dedicated on Memorial Day 2001 and features an obelisk with an eagle and a pink triangle.

Henry called the Assembly’s approval, which advances the measure to the state Senate, “great for Cathedral City,” while Pettis said the state designation would properly recognize “thousands of people that have served honorably and need to be recognized.”

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