Temecula to host inaugural Juneteenth Celebration online – June 19 Through July 19
TEMECULA, Calif. — Area residents are invited to join the City of Temecula as the City celebrates freedom and perseverance with an inaugural Juneteenth Celebration.
The virtual event, which is scheduled from Saturday, June 19 – Monday, July 19, is being hosted by the City’s Community Services Department at TemeculaCA.gov/Juneteenth.
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This free, virtual experience explores the historical journey of freedom for people around the globe marking the legal end of slavery on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.
Through the online event, participants will have the opportunity to celebrate African-American achievements and connect with and support black-owned businesses throughout the Temecula area. Special JUNE19 discounts related to the event will be offered from some of the businesses featured as part of the virtual event.
About the inaugural event, Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards stated, “Juneteenth celebrations represent opportunities to remember and reflect on the landmark date of June 19, 1865, when the official end of slavery was announced in Galveston, Texas.”
“Juneteenth is celebrated annually to commemorate this historic moment and the long journey to freedom,” she continued.
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“Cultivate new friendships and community while connecting with family and friends to reflect on the past, and look toward our future this Juneteenth in Temecula,” said event organizers; adding, “All are welcome and the City of Temecula looks forward to celebrating together as a community in person beginning in 2022.”
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.