Thirty Thousand Roses

Real Estate Agent with Retired CA BRE# 01048160

On Memorial Day, like many other times, I visited our National Cemetery at Rosecrans for Memorial Day. I saw something this year that really took me back. At each grave site, in addition to the American Flag, was a long stemmed red rose. I went over much of the grounds and had never seen anything like this. I had guessed that there must have been thousands and thousands of long stemmed Red Roses. I decided to Google this and found out that this was actually the 3rd year of this effort.

It was orchestrated by the San Diego Chapter of Truman National Security Project and local community members. The first year 2015 they laid a thousand red roses and last year 6500 roses. This year their efforts and fund raising really paid off with 30,000 roses. A photo can not capture the beauty and the fresh rose fragrance that permeated the air but maybe you can get at least a sense of what this experience was like.

The Rosecrans National Cemetery is a treasure of our city that was recently upgraded. Each stone was removed and reset into concrete and then covered in grass. It took almost two years but what a magnificent difference. When you look through the rows each stone is perfectly aligned and straight.




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Comments (32)

Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Beautiful William! Hope you are well.

Jun 05, 2017 08:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful story. I can only imagine how touching it must have been to have seen, and smelled, those flowers.

Jun 05, 2017 08:51 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

The effort is astounding - the result is amazing.  That will make one stop and think.

Jun 05, 2017 09:42 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

How makes me so emotional! Congrats on the feature!

Jun 05, 2017 11:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi William,
How amazing that must have been.  I get goosebumps just seeing the picture.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 05, 2017 12:47 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It has been several years since I was there.  My father is there. It is truly beautiful. 

Jun 05, 2017 01:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

William- I am in awe of the efforts of the Society to show the respect and gratitude we all have for those who served. I'm glad that you and your wonderful camera were there to capture this and that you shared it with us. 

Jun 05, 2017 05:53 PM
Jana Holmstrup
Jana Holmstrup - CCO - Kings Mortgage Services, Inc. - Visalia, CA

Gave me chills with a smile.  Thank you so much for sharing with this Navy Wife!

Jun 05, 2017 06:09 PM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing wonderful post feature worthy. Have a blessed night. 

Jun 05, 2017 07:15 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

May the memory of all that have served and died to keep us free be eternal. 

Jun 05, 2017 07:51 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

That's marvelous, William. I noticed a lot of red roses at the SF Presidio national cemetery this Memorial Day. Now I wonder if that is the same program.

Jun 05, 2017 08:19 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Dorie Dillard , I had a photo of the horse drawn carriage that was used for my past client's recent service. He was a retired pilot in the Air Force with quite a few honors. 

Military Full Service at the new MiraMar National Cemetery in San Diego

Jun 05, 2017 09:59 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

My husband's parents are buried there and the respect shown by this kind gesture is greatly appreciated.

Jun 06, 2017 04:57 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Thank-you for sharing this story. I hadn't heard about the roses.  Such a fitting tribute.

Jun 06, 2017 05:56 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you William Johnson for sharing how some people take seriously the honoring of our veterans.

Jun 06, 2017 07:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you will soon be posting your daily blogs.

I always enjoy your photographs.

Jun 27, 2017 04:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi William!  What a powerful photo you've shared here - I know that Rosecrans National Cemetery is such a treasure to San Diego and the fact that they reset all of those headstones and freshened up the grass was well worth the 2-year wait, I'm sure. And, those long-stemmed roses and the flags just make this even more powerful. I know you're happy that you attended, William.

Hope you have a fabulous Fourth!

Jul 01, 2017 06:48 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Just picturing 30,000 roses is an incredible thing just in my brain alone and I can only imagine what it could be like! :)

Jul 02, 2017 11:44 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thanks for everything, Debe! Thanks for posting all of that! Have a wonderful holiday, Debe Maxwell, CRS

Jul 02, 2017 11:46 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

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