Three helicopters showered 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty during a event organized by the organization “The French Will Never Forget” to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II D-Day landings at Normandy. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
One million rose petals fell on the Statue of Liberty Friday, a token of thanks from the French for helping to end Adolf Hitler’s grip on Europe.
The French Will Never Forget organization dropped the petals with the help of two helicopters midday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Flags in New York are being flown at half staff to mark the day. And in addition to the petals, 130 school children from France and the United States unfurled the two country’s flags and sang the national anthems. A 21-gun salute honored World War II veterans, according to My Fox NY.
The Statue of Liberty, of course, is a gift from France that was initially suppose to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Rosepetals dropped by the helicopters float on the water below the Statue of Liberty. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Rose petals fall from the air next to a fire boat spraying colored water below the Statue of Liberty. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)