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75th Anniversary Of The End Of WWII

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“This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when Fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would.”
– President Harry S. Truman on 14 August 1945
Following the announcement of the end of WWII in the Pacific, Americans began their celebrations.  On 2 September, the Japanese formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  President Truman declared this to be V-J Day.

To our WWII Veteran members and their families, and to all those who have gone before– Marines’ Memorial honors you and your sacrifices.

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Observing Memorial Day 2020

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Observing Memorial Day 2020

This coming Monday is Memorial Day. Tributes will be different this year from previous years.  Many ceremonies have been cancelled or postponed until social distancing rules permit volunteers gathering at cemeteries.

We’d like to share the video (above) with all of you so we remember past tributes and thank all our heroes together, even if we have to do it from home or as family visits to local cemeteries.

Thanks to all the supporters and volunteers

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Memorial Day Flowers Distribution Update

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Start Your Own Memorial Day Flowers Family Tribute

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (MDFF) is following CDC and National Cemetery Administration guidelines for social distancing.

Unfortunately, the current situation does not allow our events at National, Veterans, and Local Cemeteries to be as they were in the past. To adapt to these guidelines, and in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to honor those who have served our country, we encourage all past and current volunteers to create their own Family Memorial Day Tradition and Tribute.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Place a flower order with your favorite florist. Explain that you intend to place flowers at a nearby cemetery. Local florists have always been great supporters of Memorial Day Flowers and will appreciate your business.
  • Order roses at https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/family-tribute/. The Foundation has arranged to have roses shipped directly from a farm to your address. Available in three sizes (50, 125, or 250 long stem roses). Your roses will arrive via FedEx on Wednesday 5/20 or Thursday May 21. Your purchase supports the placement of another 25 flowers at Arlington National Cemetery.

When you go to the cemetery please remember to

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Place the flower in front of headstone
  • Quietly read headstone inscription
  • Thank the person for his/her service
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April Issue of MDFF News

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April 2020 Issue of MDFF News

The eNewletter of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

The Board of The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation hope all are keeping safe with your families during this pandemic.

Memorial Day Update 
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) continues to be closed for visitors until at least May 22. This week the ANC Administration will make a final decision regarding Memorial Day visits and flower handouts. We’ll let you know when we learn their decision.

Most of the Cemeteries under the authority of the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) are open to visitors under “Social Distance” protocol.  Many of you or your group plan to receive a box of 250-500 flowers to place during Memorial Day Weekend. Please check with your Cemetery Director for guidance.

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Quotes from French High School Students Who Laid Flowers at Arlington National Cemetery  

Brayan Boucheron, 15 years old: 
When I laid my flowers at graves, I felt a little awkward: I had not been able to help the brave men I was honoring for their courage in combat… They had died without my being able to help them in any way…

Mattéo Impératrice, 13 years old: 
Arlington National Cemetery is the most heartbreaking site we have visited during our trip. I was very honored to put flowers on some graves, but I also felt that I did not deserve such an honor, as if I were out of place… However I did my best to fulfill the mission I had been given and thus honor the memory of these men and women.

Laurine Ulmann, 13 years old:
Our flower laying took place in section 67 of the Cemetery, and our undertaking was not a trivial matter. I did not fear reading the names of the deceased properly, and did not fear honoring properly those who had lost their lives in battle. So, to make sure my tribute to these brave men and women was up to their courage, I took my time and read every name twice. I had tears in my eyes while doing so. As I just said, our flower laying was not a trivial matter at all…

Lou Delaplace-Poilblanc, 12 years old: 
Before each of the graves I put flowers on, I felt like a tiny grain of sand on a beach… One moment marked me particularly … An American came to me to ask for a rose. He then went to lay it at the foot of a headstone… I was moved by his initiative and I will never forget this moment.

Gabriel Lahrach, 13 years old: 
The representatives of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation which had supplied us with roses asked us not to lay any flowers at the foot of Jewish graves. I learned that in their culture, nothing perishable should adorn these graves, which explains why only small stones or pebbles are placed on them.

Justine Denuncq, 14 years old: 
While I was laying flowers at some graves, an American family approached me and asked me to take a picture of them next to a grave that they had beautifully adorned with flowers but also beautifully decorated with various items. This grave was undoubtedly the last resting place of a relative since they were crying. I was deeply affected by their sadness, but I was also happy to immortalize this extremely emotional moment which meant so much to them. I was extremely touched by their kind words of thanks.

Arthur Amanieux-Kunlin, 13 years old: 
I would like to thank this American association, which, a little before our ceremony, enabled us to discover Arlington National Cemetery in a solemn, personal and humane way. Reading aloud the names engraved on some of the headstones was not a trivial act: this reading gave profoundness to this morning, which could not be limited to a simple visit of the site. Reading the names of former soldiers, I felt responsible, responsible for a mission, a great mission that had been given to us by an association that had showed great confidence in us.

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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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