The highlight of the ceremony will be a B-25 Mitchell bomber fly-by that drops 3,000 red and white carnations onto the tarmac and the into the awaiting crowd.
|Carnations and Mignonette- Boston Public Library|
The carnation is sometimes known as the flower of the gods with its scientific name being dianthus. Dios for god and Zeus and anthos for flower.
The flowers being dropped will honor all those who lost their lives defending the U.S. White will signify those lost in the wars of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Red is for those lost in more recent military conflicts from the Persian Gulf and Desert Storm to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I can just imagine the resulting red, white and blue effect as the flowers drop from a sunny Palm Springs sky.
I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to celebrate our proud American heritage. What will you be doing this Memorial Day?