It’s the beginning of the New Year and the end of a most challenging 2020. All of us who work with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation hope you have had a warm holiday with your loved ones whether in person or on screens.
Through the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve still worked to honor our fallen troops and veterans with flowers for 2020 Memorial Day. This last year we couldn’t hold large events, so instead we gave out flowers in a distanced way at Arlington National Cemetery to Gold Star Families as they entered the cemetery to visit the gravesites of their loved ones.
One Gold Star sister wrote to us, “It means so much to know that someone is coming to honor my brother with a flower for Memorial Day. Sometimes it feels like so many people have forgotten him. Thanks to you, I know someone will be there to remember his service and sacrifice for our country.”
Many of the families who inter their loved ones at Arlington National Cemetery live far away and are not able to visit in person often. For 2021 our volunteers will make sure that every request for a gravesite flower placement will be honored by one of our volunteers. Please send us your requests at https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/flower-placement-program/
Grief and loss does not end because of a pandemic. The mission to honor the people who have served and died for this country does not end either. That mission is still important. I hope you will join us to honor our fallen troops and veterans in some way this next year. How we observe Memorial Day may need to adjust some, but Memorial Day will still arrive in May this year.
I wish you a healthy and joyous New Year in 2021.
With kind regards,
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation