May 3rd is Indian Flower Day, which is an old tradition among the local tribes here in Southern California. On this day many local reservations decorate their cemeteries with flowers and replace the old crosses. It is the time when blooming flowers and plants are at their strongest.
At one time this was a tradition here at Sherman to decorate our cemetery, but Somewhere along the years it was forgotten.
From this year forward we will revive this tradition by decorating our Sherman Cemetery on Indian Flower Day.
The many children and others buried there deserve to be remembered and honored.
Mr. Levi an elder from the Cahuilla Tribe and former student and employee of Sherman will be including us in the ceremonies today on his reservation. He said this is a good thing to do and gave his blessings.
The 2001/2002 Inter-Tribal Council of Sherman Indian High School designated this day as “Sherman Cemetery Indian Flower Day” on Friday May 03, 2002.