Raining Petals, a Beautiful Tribute to 9/11

Petal drop for 9 11 Memorial

Petals from more than 10,000 flowers poured out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the California Capitol Airshow last Sunday to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11

It rained flower petals at the California Capital Air Show last Sunday, a beautiful and unique tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Pilots released the colorful confetti, contributed by about 50 floral companies, from the back of a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules, covering a mile-long swath of ground below.

Jim Relles of Relles Florist in Sacramento, Calif., said some petals were still drifting down two hours later. Airshow organizers asked Relles three weeks ago to procure petals for the drop, he said. Relles coordinated with Flora Fresh Inc., R & K Fritts and the California State Floral Association, contacting wholesalers and growers for the roses and other types of flowers. “We got flowers from suppliers from all over the world,” Relles said. “It was quite spectacular.”

The contributors donated more than 10,000 flowers and spent many hours separating petals from stems.

Thousands of airshow fans left with petals as souvenirs of the spectacle. An aerial salute flyover followed the petal drop, while “Taps” and “Amazing Grace” played over the sound system.

Thanks to SAF for providing this article.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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