Iraq Veteran is being welcomed home this Saturday

This Saturday, May 24th at 2pm, Menifee residents have the opportunity to welcome home one of our own. Private Jesus De La Cruz, a Menifee resident and Army private out of Fort Campbell, will be escorted from his families home along Bradley Road (near the High School) to the Kay Ceniceros Center where family and close friends will gather for a private celebration.

Jesus was wounded in Iraq on March 12, 2008. His left leg was shattered, amputated below the knee from a rocket-propelled grenade that slammed into him while on patrol in Iraq.

Jesus' parents, Richard and Delia, ask that residents show their support for Jesus and all of our soldiers currently serving in the military, by standing along Newport Road, between Bradley and Evans, holding signs and cheering Jesus as he makes his way by limousine to the celebration around 2pm.

The San Jacinto Police, Riverside Sheriff, and local Fire Department will be on hand as part of the entourage to escort the wounded veteran.

To read more about Jesus' story:

The De La Cruz's also have another son, Richard Jr., a Marine Corporal out of Camp Lejeune, serving in Iraq.


  1. Please show your support and tell all your friends and family about this !!

    Have any of you made such a sacrifice lately?

  2. Jesse and his brother are awesome young men and you can tell from Jesse's attitude that he'll only be stronger for his loss.

    We heard that Jesse didn't know this was happening. He hasn't been home yet, so the reception will be a surprise. If anyone can make it on Saturday to form a line down Newport from Bradley to Evans, it would be very welcome.

  3. My son got to meet and shake the hand of a hero today.

    This solider seems so humble. Best of luck to him and his family.

  4. Thank You Menifee Residents who lined the streets with signs for Jesse! & Thank you Menifee 24/7 for taking the time to find out about the event. It was a blessing to the DeLaCruz Family.