2017 Air Museum Flower Drop Honors Fallen Heroes

2017 Air Museum Flower Drop

The beautiful 2017 Annual Ceremony and Floral Tribute at the Palm Springs Air Museum will get under way at 1pm on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 at the Palm Springs Air Museum as they celebrate the memory of our fallen heroes from past wars and military conflicts. The 20th Annual Flower Drop and Air Fair at the Museum’s location at 745 Gene Autry Drive in Palm Springs is always one of the most well attended events of the year in the Coachella Valley.

A colorful show of over 3,000 red and white carnations will be dropped from a Vintage B-25 Mitchell Bomber creating a dazzling display both in the air and on the runway in memoriam of our fallen soldiers. White carnations are chosen to honor veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The red carnations pay tribute to the veterans of the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.  The missing man formation will be flown before the flowers drop.

Special activities will begin at 10 o’clock in the morning, as usual and the entire celebration will last until 4pm. There is always plenty to do at the Palm Springs Air Museum including getting an up close and personal look at some of the most astounding military aircraft from the past century educational tours and lectures, including a library of more than 9200 books, magazines, and other printed material that relate to the aviation and military history of the United States make this a truly extraordinary museum.

Dignitaries this year include our own local Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, who, along with Tuskegee Airman Lieut. Col. Bob Friend will accept the Purple Heart on behalf of the Palm Springs Air Museum from the family of Owen Coffman who was killed in action in Europe during World War II. State Sen. Jeff Stone and Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon will also be on hand to honor the fallen heroes.

Presenting sponsors this year are the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the HN & Frances C. Berger Foundation and the Houston Family Foundation! Hope to see you there!

For more information on the 20th Annual Palm Springs Airplane Museum Flower Drop visit http://palmspringsairmuseum.org.

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