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.