Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
I grew up as an Air Force brat born at Travis AFB California. My Father James F. Whitmore, was a career airman who served 20 years active duty, and then retired from Travis. He and our step Mother Nancy moved to Nevada and lived there for about 25 years. His passing is how I came to be involved with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (MDFF). My sisters and I interred his ashes at the Sacramento National Cemetery in Dixon Ca. in 2015, the week before Memorial Day.
Since my Sister Nicola Parker has organized the MDFF tribute at Houston National Cemetery. So it was natural that I started the program here at Sacramento. I had never felt so much gratitude as I did helping with that first ceremony.
The following year 2016 I was out at the cemetery just about three weeks from Memorial Day. When I stopped in at the office to ask if the woman’s group had made arrangements to take care the flowers this year, being told that no one had come forward, I ask if I could put something together would they be ok with me setting up on Memorial Day. By Memorial Day we had managed to get 1,500 flowers. I had decided at that time I would do what I could to keep this tribute to our veterans active here in California.
Please consider volunteering and donating so that every veteran at Sacramento National Cemetery is honored and remembered with a flower
Philip J. Whitmore