Thank all of you for being part of this unique event. Arlington National Cemetery selected The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and the Foundation for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to distribute flowers to visitors for placement at the Tomb.
MDFF prepared a large floral arrangement for the Chief of the Crow Nation to inaugurate the commemoration.
On the 9th and 10th of November over 20,000 people queued quietly and patiently for the honor to lay a flower at the Tomb. Some were soldiers, many retired military. There were priests and there were nuns. Entire families, some even with newborns, stood in line, amazed at how many people shared their passion for honoring those who served.
Over 70,000 complimentary flowers were made available to cemetery visitors. For the first time since the Tomb’s inauguration in 1921, visitors were allowed to walk on the plaza to place their flower tribute. Volunteers handed flowers to visitors as they approached, many of whom shared intimate stories highlighting why they would place a flower and salute the Tomb.
Bouquets were also made available for visitors for them to take home or place at headstones throughout the cemetery. Other volunteers worked tirelessly placing flowers at nearby sections, actively looking for the 5,000+ markers of unknown soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
All this took three months in preparation with providers, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters, as well as making sure that the ANC administration was familiar with our plans and execution.
The Foundation’s work is mostly logistics, ensuring that the flowers arrive at the right place at the right time. It truly is an honor to work with the incredible group of core volunteers who come back time and again, making the flowers look as beautiful as possible and get them into the hand of cemetery visitors.
An especially heartfelt thanks to our corporate sponsors Peraton, TD Bank, and Truist, for funding this event, as well as bringing their associates to hand out flowers and respectfully engage with the visitors. These three companies are continuous platinum sponsors for the Memorial Day events at Arlington National Cemetery and other national cemeteries.
A Special Thanks
Flowers and logistics are provided by the following sponsors.