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Behind the scenes on Memorial Day 2021

This item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area may be of interest to some of our members.


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Dear Michael,

As you know, our sponsors and volunteers play a fundamental role in the success of our mission to honor those who served. This newsletter hopes to show a bit more of the tremendous activity behind the scenes for the setup and placement of flowers at both Alexandria and Arlington National Cemeteries.

Videographer Lani Conklin captured the events over a three-day period and compressed it all into a mere 7 minutes.  Videos we send are rarely this long, but we ask you to make some popcorn and grab a few scoops of your favorite ice cream as you get an idea of what you and our Core Volunteers did over the Memorial Day Weekend 2021.
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We remain incredibly grateful to be able to play our part in paying tribute to those who served this country.  The heroes we honor and remember were willing to put themselves in harm’s way for our freedom.  Their families shared that risk, and we are honored to be able to give them flowers for Memorial Day.

We would love to hear and share your stories and pictures.  Please contact us at info@memorialdayflowers.org.

Send us an email if you or your organization would like to be more involved in Memorial Day 2022. We have several programs to fit various budgets.

A Special Thanks

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation is able to continue with its mission thanks to our incredible network of supporters and individual donors.

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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Thank you to all our volunteers at ANC

An item from the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.


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Dear Michael,

This Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), volunteers handed out and placed 105,000 flowers to honor those who have served our country.

While still fresh in our memories, here is a brief overview of what many of you helped accomplish over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Placing flowers in the rain at Alexandria National Cemetery
ANC volunteer making a floral tribute
Family Pass handout on Memorial Avenue
On Sunday at ANC, 350 local volunteers placed 32,000 flowers at sponsored sections. Associates from DGCI and Ball SB handed out 18,000 roses in small tote bags to Family Pass Holders as they drove into the cemetery.

On a very busy Memorial Day, CalFlowers made flowers available to be placed at every one of the 15,000 headstones at Section 60. Another 28,000 flowers were given to visitors at the Welcome Center. Family Pass Holders were handed an additional 12,000 roses by TD Bank associates.

The day before the ANC tributes began, Peraton employees placed a flower at every headstone at Alexandria National Cemetery [link]. At the T.A.P.S. convention, the Foundation presented the 400 bouquets donated by Holland America Flowers in California. These bouquets were given to the surviving families and children of warriors lost in action.

Flowers in tote bags at the ANC Welcome Center
None of this would have been possible without the amazing support we have seen and felt from our volunteers, as well as the cooperation from the Administrative Team at Arlington National Cemetery.  This is the first of many emails to show our community just what it takes to make this happen every year.  We are grateful to all the incredible volunteers who registered on the website, called, wrote emails, and even just walked up and helped in any way they could.
Please do us a favor and share your pictures and testimonials by email and our social media accounts below so we can showcase your stories as well.

A Special Thanks

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation is able to continue with its mission thanks to our incredible network of supporters and individual donors.

Partner


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Supporting California Growers

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#MemorialDayFlowers2021 #BringYourOwnFlowers #HonoringVets

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Our mailing address is:

Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Memorial Day Flowers welcomes new Board members

A newsletter from a fellow veterans organization.


Memorial Day Flowers Foundation Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

The last twelve months have been the most challenging since we started in 2011.  We understand that during these unprecedented times, it is important to adapt, and we made changes to our Memorial Day practices to ensure the safety of all participants.
Among the changes over the past year, the one we are happiest about is welcoming three new board members, whose combined experience will greatly aid our mission of honoring every hero with a flower.

David Murphy

Regional Financial Services Executive

David brings over 30 years’ experience focusing on wealth advisory. Additionally, he is a retired Special Forces Colonel with service in Afghanistan and other locations throughout the world. Currently, two of his three children are serving in the military. David is a native of Connecticut and currently resides in Charlestown Massachusetts. David has been an active volunteer with the Foundation for the last six years.

Steve Dionne

Executive Director of CalFlowers Association

Steve has worked in the floral industry for the past 27 years, engaged in both domestic and international trade.  Steve has been an active supporter of the mission of the foundation since 2015 and has rallied the California growers to be a part of this tribute. Steve is involved in the California Autism community as a writer and speaker.

Ivor Van Wingerden

Operations Manager – Ocean Breeze Farms

Ivor manages Ocean Breeze Farms San Luis Obispo County operations as a grower of flowers and Hass avocados. Ivor graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration and is also a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife and three daughters.

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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Plans for Memorial Day 2021

This national organization may be of interest to some members.


Plans for Memorial Day 2021

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation plans to place flower tributes at Arlington National Cemetery in a safe and socially-distanced manner for Memorial Day in 2021. We encourage our network of volunteers, partners, and supporters to honor our fallen military and late veterans in their local communities with flowers.

Family Tribute Boxes

Our Family Tribute Boxes allow families and small groups to create their own Memorial Day tradition by placing flowers at veteran’s graves in their local cemeteries.
Choose one of these box sizes of farm-fresh roses for your Memorial Day tribute:

  • 50 for individuals and couples
  • 125 for a small family
  • 250 for small groups and organizations

This is a wonderful way to spend time outside and teach your children patriotism and help us to bring back the original meaning of Memorial Day.

Family Tribute Boxes

Retail Program

The Retail Program was designed for small, locally-owned businesses. Business owners order a flower kit with 125 roses, which they distribute to customers Memorial Day weekend. Their customers then place these roses on military gravesites or give them to veterans. Some businesses prefer to visit the cemetery to place flowers personally.

Retail Program

All orders should be placed before May 12,2021.

With any order, the California Grower Association matches your effort and places 25 flowers to place at Arlington National Cemetery.

We continue to press forward to bring back the original meaning of Memorial Day through encouraging all Americans to place flowers at military gravesites over the Memorial Day weekend. We also encourage you to speak with Gold Star Families and to learn about their loved ones who have sacrificed so much for our country. Thank you for all of your support.

Volunteer Spotlight: Patti Plaza

I’ve been a supporter of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation since the first year they launched. Every year I tell as many people as possible about them because the experience of laying flowers at the graves of soldiers laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery is unequaled. Each year we place flowers and say a prayer at the resting sites of hundreds of soldiers, as well as those of my stepdad, who was a World War II D-Day pilot. We also place flowers at the sites of fathers of friends who can’t be there in person. The Gold Star Family bouquets and the roses we receive at no cost are colorful and exceptionally beautiful. The organizers of the Memorial Day event in particular are incredibly dedicated and committed to making the experience of laying flowers a memorable one. They are fantastically well organized. They run an efficient system for distributing bucketsful of roses, and even during the pandemic seamlessly adjusted to make the process safe. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation gives us an opportunity to recognize, thank and honor the men and women who gave their lives to protecting our great country. There can be no greater act of service than that. It’s an honor to participate and support the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.

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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Order Valentine Flowers and Support the Foundation

For individuals who might want to support this activity At Arlington National Cemetery.


Get Beautiful Roses for Valentine’s Day & Support the Foundation

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation has partnered with Thrive With Flowers for the Family Tribute Program.

You can order a box of roses for Valentine’s Day (or another special day) any time of the year. You can order boxes with 50, 125 or 250 roses. Distribute your roses to friends and family, or take them to an area nursing home, hospital or veteran’s home (call ahead to find out procedures for donating flowers).

Orders for delivery in time for Valentine’s Day need to be placed by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Your purchase now can support our work to honor our fallen troops for Memorial Day in 2021. Five percent of all tribute box sales will support flowers being placed at Arlington National Cemetery over Memorial Day Weekend in 2021.

Your family and friends will enjoy these beautiful roses and you’ll know that your purchase supports our work to honor our fallen for Memorial Day.

You can visit the following link to order a box: https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/family-tribute-program/

What’s Your Story?

Many people enjoy volunteering with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and we would love to hear your stories. Sharing a story is easy – just answer a few questions and email your answers to ami@steppingstoneLLC.com. Submitted stories may be shared on our website, social channels, or in our enewsletter. If you have a photo or video of yourself volunteering or to accompany your story, please include it as an attachment.

Name:
Email address:
When did you volunteer?
Where did you volunteer?
What did it mean to you to volunteer?
Why do you think it is important to honor our fallen troops and veterans for Memorial Day?
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your experience?

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Copyright © 2021 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 Francisco, CA 94109-1245