Palm Springs American Legion Owen Coffman Post 519 commander Michael Templeton and historian Lee Wilson Jr. recently displayed the Palm Springs Fallen Heroes memorial at the downtown Welwood Murray Library. The Palm Springs Fallen Heroes Project honors their local 27 KIA/MIA from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. A permanent display is located at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Wilson, a Marine veteran and former Peace Corps volunteer, teaches world and U.S. history at Cathedral City High School, and wanted to honor two of his former students who were killed in action in the Global War on Terror: PFC Ming Sun, KIA 2007 in Ramadi, Iraq, and CWO2 Suresh Abaysekara Krause, KIA 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Wilson also organizes the local teacher component to the Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade, where the local teacher association honors their Gold Star Families.
Lee Wilson Jr., Post 519 historian