As We Return to Normal, Let Us Not Forget….
While I think it’s apparent to all our customers that Imbue Botanicals grows and processes all of our products in Colorado, some of you may not know that our warehouse and fulfillment center are actually located in beautiful Palm Springs, California. We are located just off the main runway for the Palm Springs International Airport which serves as a major transportation hub for our busy vacation destination.
I first moved to Palm Springs in the winter of 1997, just 4 months after the Palm Springs Air Museum opened its two original hangars to the public. Located directly across the airport field from Imbue, The Palm Springs Air Museum capitalizes on the history of the Palm Springs Airport and it’s use a major aviation and pilot training center during World War II. Over the past quarter of a century, the museum has grown, and now contains over 71 vintage airframes from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War contained in 86,000 square feet of open hangars and on the tarmac.
Last year, with the pandemic easing, the museum reinstituted one of its signature special events. Today, like so many previous Memorial Days, a vintage World War II era B-25 bomber will drop 3000 red and white carnations representing the fallen soldiers of the U.S. wars. War World II era planes fly the "missing man" formation during Memorial Day celebrations preceding the carnation drop.
The white carnations represent those who fought before and in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, while the red are for those who died in more recent conflicts, including the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s truly a stunningly-vivid and spectacular reminder of the reason we actually celebrate Memorial Day.
Even though this Memorial Day finds me in a different country a long way away from beautiful Palm Springs, my thoughts are of those brave Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation…and for all of us. And for my coworkers in Palm Springs, it’s a foregone conclusion they’ll remember when they hear the roar of the World War II planes flying overhead and see the red and white carnations shower down to the tarmac below.
But we also want to take this occasion to thank ALL of our current and Veteran military customers for your service. You have our heartfelt thanks.
So from all of us at Imbue Botanicals… a very Happy Memorial Day 2022.
With all our best,