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Behind the scenes on Memorial Day 2021

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Dear Michael,

As 2021 comes to its end, we take this opportunity to thank all our Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers.  Thanks to your support, The Foundation was able to help volunteers pay tribute to over 300,000 heroes across the United States.

We are very grateful to the farms in California and Colombia for the flowers they donated for the Foundation’s two events this year: Memorial Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
We wish you a happy holiday season, full of health and surrounded by your friends and family.

In mid-January, you will receive a report of the Foundation’s 2021 activities and what we plan for the upcoming year.

A Special Thanks

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation team would like to thank our main sponsor this year, CalFlowers, whose support enabled us to continue our mission to honor and remember our heroes.

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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Successfully commemorating the Tomb’s Centennial at ANC

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Dear Michael,

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.

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A Special Note:
It was a pleasure working side-by-side with the enthusiastic volunteers and members of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Foundation.
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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 100th anniversary commemoration

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Dear Michael,

On November 11, 1921, an unknown soldier was brought home from the battlefields of France and interred in the plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater.

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation was selected by the Arlington National Cemetery administration to procure the flowers for a once-in-a-lifetime event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

The commemoration will take place November 9th and 10th, the two days leading up to Veterans Day.  For the first time since the inauguration of the Tomb, visitors will be allowed to walk on the plaza.  Flowers will be made available to every visitor to place at the Tomb.
Follow this link to volunteer for this unique event: https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/event/
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A Special Thanks

Flowers and logistics are provided by the following sponsors.

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Please take a moment to read the FAQ published by the Arlington National Cemetery Administration.
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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

781 Beach St Ste 302

San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

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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Platinum Sponsors


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Supporting California Growers

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Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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San Francisco, CA 94109-1245

Thank you to all our volunteers at ANC

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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.

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Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Supporting California Growers

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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