Heartwarming! The Meaning Behind The Promise Garden Flower Colors
This past Saturday, September 18th, I was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer's at Hickory Park in Owego. People from all over the Southern Tier showed up on a beautiful day to honor loved ones in one way or another.
The ceremony comes to an end with a two mile walk in the park but for many the highlight of the day involves the placing of their flowers in the Promise Garden before they leave for the day.
When the participants arrive at the event, they grab a Promise Garden Flower and personalize it to their connection with Alzheimer's. The color of the flower represents something different.
The colors of the Promise Garden Flowers are introduced one at a time. When the color is announced, the participants that are holding that particular flower hold it up high.
The Meaning Behind The Different Colors Of The Promise Garden Flowers
Orange Flower - You support the cause and the Alzheimer's Association's vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.
Purple Flower - You are participating in the Walk because you've lost someone to Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Yellow Flower - You are supporting or caring for someone that is living with Alzheimer's
Blue Flower - You are living with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
White Flower - One person will hold a white flower to represent the first survivor of Alzheimer's.
At the end, I asked everyone to hold their respective flower high in the air then we begin the countdown to begin the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's doesn't discriminate and we've all been affected by it in one way or another...or we soon will be. I was honored to be asked to be a part of this and I'm looking forward in participating again next year.
Where there's a walk, there's a way. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease and you can find out more about the Alzheimer's Association here.