Countdown to Memorial Day 2020: Help Us Honor the Fallen
Memorial Day Weekend is just 3 months away. Thanks to our local partners, more than 40 cemeteries are participating in flower tributes this Memorial Day Weekend. Several are new to MDFF this year including Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Nearly a million fallen heroes rest in these cemeteries and we need help to place a flower at every grave. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring flowers for our cemeteries, we’d love to hear from you. And, it’s not too late to organize a flower tribute at a cemetery of your choice.Volunteer Spotlight: Michaila Sheedy Michaila Sheedy is a junior at Notre Dame of Maryland University, who volunteered for MDFF for the first-time in 2019.What inspired you to be a volunteer?
I was inspired to work with MDFF because of their mission to serve those who have sacrificed themselves to give us freedom. If placing a flower at a single grave is my way to thank those who have fought for me, then I would place a thousand more. To me this act wasn’t volunteer work, it was my duty.
What did it mean to you?
Working with MDFF was a true inspiration for me. It was a moment of American unity. All the groups of people that were able to come together and support a cause was truly amazing. It is moments like this where you cannot help but reflect on how fortunate you are to be a part of something bigger. The experience was humbling for me.
What is your message to others?
Be thankful for your opportunities and use them to give back to others. There is no greater gift in life than service so find any way possible to do so. The American spirit is so unique so what better way to embody it than helping MDFF.
Focus on Flowers: Colombia MDFF receives flowers from Ecuador, Colombia, United States (California), and Ethiopia
Colombia has more than 130,000 different plant species and roses are by far the most common. On one farm alone, you’ll find 30 different colors of roses. Colombia is the largest rose supplier to the United States and last year, Colombian growers generously donated 100,000 roses to the Arlington National Cemetery tribute.