Human Flower Project
Planting the Flag
To honor local Marine Jean Villanueva, the Murrieta, California, Fire Department planted an American flag flower bed in his family’s yard, just in time for Villanueva’s homecoming from Afghanistan.
Todd Bradstreet of the Murrieta FD initiated Project Greenthumb to help with yard work at the homes of residents with family members away in military service. Villanueva’s wife, Jodie, signed up for the program and got lots more than she was expecting: lawn mowing, some landscaping, and then this patriotic raised garden with “stripes” of red and white petunias.
Marine Cpl. Jean Villanueva,wife Jodie, and their daughter Leilah, enjoy sit in the yard that Project Greenthumb tended in Villanueva’s absence. Photo: Bill Wechter