Every year, a beautiful and special event happens on Memorial Day in the Desert, the Palm Springs Air Museum – Memorial Day Air Drop. Commemorating the role of all of those who fought in World War II, thousands of red and white carnations are dropped from B-25 aircraft over the desert. This gorgeous happening is definitely a sight to see and a beautiful tribute to those who were taken too soon while fighting for their country.
This year the event happens on May 29th from 10am until 4pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The ceremony occurs at 1pm and this year it will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid and there will be a special ceremony where Aden Jones, bombardier on one of the planes that participated in the raid will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Because Jones is deceased, his sister will accept the medal.
Three thousand carnations will be dropped, but there are a number of other events happening on this day. Along with food vendors and the Freedom Fighter’s Cafe, there will be a beer garden open all day.
You can take a ride in the Stearman and see other flight exhibitions. The Heatwave Band will perform and the Airborne WWII re-enactors will be a delight. Totally Twisted Balloons and Harpo the Clown will ensure the kids have a great time as well.
Other planes will be on exhibit and flown during the day and the Missing Man formation will be flown before the flowers drop.
Make this Memorial Day one to truly remember and think about those whose lives have been lost fighting for our freedoms. The Palm Springs Air Museum is truly a gem in our area and a special place to visit at other times of the year. You can check on the restoration of fighter aircraft at the museum or go for a warbird ride!