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Memorial Day Flowers in the New Year

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It’s the beginning of the New Year and the end of a most challenging 2020. All of us who work with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation hope you have had a warm holiday with your loved ones whether in person or on screens.

Through the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve still worked to honor our fallen troops and veterans with flowers for 2020 Memorial Day. This last year we couldn’t hold large events, so instead we gave out flowers in a distanced way at Arlington National Cemetery to Gold Star Families as they entered the cemetery to visit the gravesites of their loved ones.

One Gold Star sister wrote to us, “It means so much to know that someone is coming to honor my brother with a flower for Memorial Day. Sometimes it feels like so many people have forgotten him. Thanks to you, I know someone will be there to remember his service and sacrifice for our country.”

Many of the families who inter their loved ones at Arlington National Cemetery live far away and are not able to visit in person often. For 2021 our volunteers will make sure that every request for a gravesite flower placement will be honored by one of our volunteers. Please send us your requests at https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/flower-placement-program/

Grief and loss does not end because of a pandemic. The mission to honor the people who have served and died for this country does not end either. That mission is still important. I hope you will join us to honor our fallen troops and veterans in some way this next year. How we observe Memorial Day may need to adjust some, but Memorial Day will still arrive in May this year.

I wish you a healthy and joyous New Year in 2021.

With kind regards,

Ramiro Penaherrera
Executive Director
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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Our Mission Continues

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Greetings! I know it’s been a while since we last were in touch. We appreciate so much all that you have done with us. Whether you have given your time, supported our work by telling friends and family about the Foundation, or donated funds to help – we are truly grateful.

We started 2020 with high hopes. We aimed to hold Memorial Day events all over the country at cemeteries to place flowers to honor our fallen and their sacrifices, and to fully cover Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), our nation’s most sacred burial ground, with floral tributes.

And then COVID-19 happened. We could not hold events nationwide. Arlington National Cemetery closed completely to the public for months, admitting only family passholders and those attending funerals.

But our desire to honor our fallen was still there. Thankfully, and with the wonderful help of the ANC administration, we were able to organize a modified floral tribute, distributing thousands of flowers to gold star families as they entered Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Bridge. Our socially-distanced and masked volunteers used broom sticks to carefully pass bags to family pass holders, and then the families distributed the flowers on twelve thousand gravesites.

It was not the Memorial Day we had planned for at the start of 2020. But it was a day that memorialized those who served and died for our country. And we aim to do that again in 2021.

We aren’t entirely sure what things will look like in May 2021 for Memorial Day this year. But we are already organizing. Our plan is not to organize large events at most cemeteries, as that seems unlikely again this year. Instead, we will bring the flowers to the people with our Tribute Boxes Program.

An individual or family can order a Tribute Box of 50, 125, or 250 flowers to place in late May 2021 in a cemetery near their home on their own, or use the flowers to create bouquets to deliver to a veterans home, VA hospital or Vet Center. For scout troops or larger groups of families, we also have a Troop Tribute Box of 1500 flowers (enough for about 15 dedicated members and 2 or 3 adults to distribute in less than 2 hours). Flowers can be easily ordered through our website, and we will express ship them directly in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

Distributing flowers in a cemetery for a solitary person, a family, or a small group of families, is an activity that is easy to do while maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. For a person with 125 stems, it can take about 90-120 minutes, if they are visiting gravesites that are relatively close together, and pausing to read each name and be grateful for their service.

For individuals seeking to find a deeper meaning in Memorial Day, distributing flowers hearkens back to the history of the holiday, which was originally known as Decoration Day, because people would bring flowers to cemeteries to decorate gravesites. For families seeking to get out of the house during the pandemic and educate their children about the U.S. and its history, this activity is a simple way to spend time together outside as a family and give back to the community. We hope you will consider participating. Read more here and place an order now for May 2021.

We hope to again distribute flowers to family passholders in a safe manner at Arlington National Cemetery this year, with the permission of the ANC Administration.

The Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday on December 1. It’s a day for people to give to worthy charities during the holiday season. Every dollar that is given will place a flower at an Arlington National Cemetery gravesite.  And in a difficult year we have some good news. Thanks to the generous support of the California Association of Growers and Shippers, the Foundation’s administrative costs are covered for 2021.

Thank you for your support. You are helping us honor our fallen troops and veterans every time you share a social media post with a friend, tell someone else about our work over Memorial Day Weekend, or place flowers in a cemetery to honor our fallen.  Thank you, for your partnership in this work.

Best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday and new year,

R. L. Penaherrera
Executive Director

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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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