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Memorial To Honor Fallen CCHS Grad

Tribute to Suresh Krause Set for May 24

Cathedral City High School will host a memorial ceremony for Suresh Abayasekara Krause, a 2001 CCHS graduate who was killed in action over Kandahar, Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2012 while piloting a UH 60 Blackhawk helicopter. The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. at the school at 69650 Dinah Shore Drive.

Under the direction of Lt. Colonel Steven Flynn (USAF Ret., CCHS JR ROTC) and Nan Burlingame (CCHS Art Instructor), with the assistance of Principal Guillermo Chavez, the faculty, staff and students will dedicate a ceramic plaque and place it on an already-established memorial in front of the school (near the flagpoles) on the corner of Plumley and Ortega. The CCHS ceremony will include the CCHS band, choir and Air Force JR ROTC. The Patriot Guard Riders will also be on hand to pay tribute and render honors. The family, as well as friends, of Suresh will also be in attendance.

Krause is the second CCHS graduate to be killed in the line of duty. The first student was PFC Ming Sun, a 2004 CCHS graduate, who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq in January, 2006.

For more information on the ceremony, contact Lee Wilson at lwilson@dc.rr.com.