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March Issue of MDFF News

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March Issue of MDFF News

The eNewletter of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

We remain committed to Memorial Day 2020 
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to two things.  First, and foremost, keeping all those associated with Memorial Day Flowers Foundation safe.  This includes staff, volunteers, donors, flower suppliers and cemetery personnel.  We are following CDC, state and local guidelines for social distancing and preventative hygiene to help make this crisis as short as possible.  We are also committed to honoring our fallen military personnel and their families in 2020. Because of the fluidity of this crisis this may mean we hold our 2020 tributes on a date to be determined.

We have been in contact with the leadership of the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), the Office of Army Cemeteries (OAC), and Arlington National Cemetery and fully support their actions to keep their staffs and the public safe from the spread of this virus. The primary mission of these entities is the dignified interment of veterans and their families. To that end we have offered to reschedule our activities in 2020 to do our part in ensuring the staffs of these honor grounds remains mission ready and that families are able to lay their loved ones to rest.

For now, we are going ahead with the notion that we will still gather for the traditional event on Memorial Day Weekend and the National Memorial Day Observance.  However, just like the military personnel we honor, we will remain flexible to ensure the safety of all involved.

We will keep you, the volunteers, sponsors and flower suppliers apprised of any rescheduling should that become necessary.  Otherwise, our expectation is that we’ll be placing flowers on Memorial Day, unless directed otherwise by the NCA and OAC in this time of uncertainty.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

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Focus on Flowers: California
MDFF receives flowers from Ecuador, Colombia, United States (California), and Ethiopia

Between now and Memorial Day we will continue to share facts about where the flowers are grown and how our logistic chain gets half a million stems from farm to cemetery Memorial Day ceremony.

California accounts for about 75% of the domestic cut flower crop in the United States.  California’s flower growers produce more than 600 varieties of commercial cut flowers and have been a strong supporter of Memorial Day Flowers since 2015.  Beginning in 2016 California cut flower growers provided tens of thousands of flowers on Memorial Day for cemeteries across the county including Arlington National Cemetery.  Recently the California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers) has again committed to making a substantial number of stems available to MDFF volunteers in 2020.

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Premiere Issue Of MDFF News

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Premiere Issue of MDFF News

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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.

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Recognizing all who have served

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Dear Friend,

Today we recognize all who have served in the Armed Forces.  

People of all ages across the nation will honor our veterans in meaningful ways — flying the American flag, asking a veteran about their experience, attending a community Veteran’s Day event, or visiting the gravesite of a fallen veteran.

We join you in thanking and honoring all of those who have served.

Sincerely,

Ramiro

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The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation honors those who have served our country. Thanks to the generosity of private, public, and corporate sponsors, the Foundation works with local organizers and volunteers to place roses and other flowers on gravesites at National, Veterans, and Local cemeteries across the United States.
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 Dear Michael Barbour,

We emailed you last week to thank you for your past support and today we have a few updates we thought you may be interested in knowing.

We are partnering with our future leaders to honor our past heroes
Through our new partner, the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, cadets age 10-18 will be getting sponsorships for flowers and will be honoring those who have served at over 10 cemeteries around the country. We are grateful for their service and honored to be working with these young Americans to help bring back the meaning of Memorial Day.

Over 40 cemeteries participating 
Thanks to all of the supporters, partners, and volunteers we will be holding flower tributes at over 40 cemeteries this year. Learn which cemeteries are participatingdirectly with MDFF this year.

We are humbled to be honoring more and more of our fallen each year and we are grateful to all of our supporters, such as you, for helping us reach this point.

You can help us by sharing this email with your networks and giving others the chance to sponsor flower tributes at any of the cemeteries listed.

If you’d like to, please support our efforts at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery again this year or use the donate button below to help our efforts across the country.

With gratitude,

Ramiro Penaherrera, Director
Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation honors those who have served our country. Thanks to the generosity of private, public, and corporate sponsors, the Foundation works with local organizers and volunteers to place roses and other flowers on gravesites at National, Veterans, and Local cemeteries across the United States.
To learn more and to provide support, visit us at
memorialdayflowers.org
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Our mailing address is:

Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San FranciscoCA 94109-1245

Help us honor all who have served

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Dear Comrade,

Thanks to the support of past donors like you, volunteers with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation placed flower tributes at over 210,000 gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend in 2018. We have come a long way since 2011 when volunteers at Arlington placed 10,000 roses. We are grateful for your support.

This year our goal is to honor all 350,000 of those interred at Arlington with a flower.

We hope you will join us again and help bring back the original meaning of Memorial Day by honoring those who have served. As you may know, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was established after the Civil War as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of those lost to war with flowers.

With your support, we can decorate the graves of ALL of those lost to war at Arlington National Cemetery this year.

With gratitude,

Ramiro Penaherrera, Director​
Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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“As I went to visit my daughter’s and husband’s gravesite on Memorial Day, I was overcome with the sight of the rose on their headstone in Section 12. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.”
Antonina M. Nuzzo
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation honors those who have served our country. Thanks to the generosity of private, public, and corporate sponsors, the Foundation works with local organizers and volunteers to place roses and other flowers on gravesites at National, Veterans, and Local cemeteries across the United States.
To learn more and to provide support, visit us at
memorialdayflowers.org
Copyright © 2019 Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in either through our website, when you volunteered, or when you made a donation.

Our mailing address is:

Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San FranciscoCA 94109-1245