Did you know that flowers have been entwined with Memorial Day since the creation of the holiday? When Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. That tradition continues to grow as communities across the nation honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty. In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’ve gathered five ways ways to incorporate flowers into your Memorial Day celebration.
Choose meaningful blooms
Poppies are traditionally associated with Memorial Day, but live poppies can be difficult to locate. You could also choose another symbolic flower, such as white carnations, which signify remembrance. While red, white and blue are the traditional colors of Memorial Day, you might enjoy selecting flowers that more personally represent your loved one. Local florists are a wealth of knowledge and will happily help you choose the perfect blooms.
Don’t be caught off guard by cemetery restrictions
Before you head to the cemetery with flowers, call ahead and ask about any size, type or design restrictions. You might also want to ask how long your flowers will be left on the grave before they are removed, or if you will be responsible for removing them yourself.
Select flowers for your home
While most people think of Memorial Day as a time to deliver flowers to the graves of fallen veterans, a patriotic floral centerpiece or a simple bouquet can also help keep lost loved ones close to your heart during celebrations this weekend.
Let survivors know you’re thinking of them
Memorial Day can be difficult for friends and family of fallen veterans. Let them know how much you appreciate their loved one’s service and sacrifice by paying them a visit and bringing along a bouquet of flowers.
Participate in a community event
Many communities place flowers on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day weekend. You might consider reaching out to your local VFW or other veterans group to learn more about their plans and offer your assistance.
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This guest article and the photograph seen above were contributed by FTD, the floral specialists. Your local FTD florist is a great resource to help you select the perfect tribute to honor a loved one. To find your local florist, visit our website to search and compare local florist that can help you find the perfect flowers to honor your loved one and offer condolences to friends and family.