This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial Day service at 1 PM is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight the service with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell Bomber. The entire day is filled with flight exhibitions, Heatwave Band, 82nd Airborne WWII re-enactors, Totally Twisted Balloons and Harpo the Clown, and lots & lots of flying aircraft. Beer Garden for adults 21 and over.
This year: Rides in the Stearman for sale starting at 10 am and throughout the day, except during the Flower Drop Ceremony and Flower Drop. Rides in the C-47 are available: 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 3 pm and 4 pm. Call 844-377-4151 to schedule. Needs 5 paying guests per ride. Special RARE visit and flight exhibition by F-86 Sabre Jet at 12 noon. Other warbirds scheduled to fly: P-51, Corsair, P-63, and T-28. The Missing Man formation will be flown before the flowers drop. Special guests include US Congressman Raul Ruiz, state senator Jeff Stone and Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon. Owen Keiley will donate Owen Coffman’s Purple Heart received by the family after Coffman was killed in action in Europe during WW2. Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend along with Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz will accept the Purple Heart on behalf of the Palm Springs Air Museum.
Activities start at 10 am; Flower Drop Memorial Service starts at 1 PM; followed by Missing Man formation and flower drop of the 3,000 carnations.
Food vendors include Freedom Fighter’s Cafe, All American Cookie Company, Big Easy Sandwich, Casuelas Cafe, Cone Zone, Grills Gone Wild, and Knights of Columbus Pizza. Hangar 24 Beer Garden, for adults 21 and older.
Presenting sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the HN & Frances C. Berger Foundation, Houston Family Foundation, and Segovia. Additional sponsors are Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Desert Water Agency, Classic Party Rentals, Alpha Media Group, McDonald’s Restaurants, Palm Springs Biplanes and Palm Springs Volvo.
For more information about the Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair visit ResortsandLodges.com.