Memorial Day unofficially marks the start of summer, and in the midst of the cookouts, pool parties, and friendly softball games, many of us will be paying respects to our nation’s war dead, as well as family members who have passed on. Many families take this opportunity to place flowers on the graves of their loved ones.

 

History of Memorial Day

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed May 30, 1868, as “Memorial Day” in honor of those who died fighting in the Civil War. On this day, observers placed flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

After World War I, the holiday changed to honor Americans who died fighting in any war. In 1971, Congress designated the last Monday in May as a federal holiday. Today, the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day have been adapted to include remembering and honoring any and all deceased, not just those who have died in service to their country.

 

Flowers as Tradition

Decorating gravesites with plants, wreaths, and floral arrangements on Memorial Day is a tradition that many families observe. A variety of flowers can characterize the meaning of Memorial Day. White carnations and Forget-me-nots symbolize remembrance; Begonias represent deep thought while Nasturtiums symbolize patriotism.

Carithers Flowers of Atlanta offers many floral arrangements, sprays, and wreaths to adorn your loved one’s eternal resting place. The award-winning staff at Carithers Flowers can also customize a special arrangement in remembrance of your lost loved ones.

This Memorial Day, in addition to honoring family members and friends, take the time to pay your respects to our nation’s fallen heroes by placing a special floral arrangement or wreath on the gravesites of these brave men and women.

Consider these patriotic floral arrangements from Carithers Flowers:

 

Patriotic Memorial Wreath 

Remember a loved one who has served their country with honor by sending our patriotic memorial wreath. Made from the freshest red and white carnations, this arrangement is delivered on a standing 48″ Easel for viewing.

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Patriotic Salute

Red, white and blue arrangement reflects our nation’s true colors.

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Floral Patriotic Tribute

Red, white and blue flowers display its patriotic spirit to all.

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Patriotic – Red White & Blue Wreath 

One solid white wreath arrives on an easel decorated with red carnations and blue delphinium, along with a patriotic red, white and blue ribbon.

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To find a veterans cemetery near you, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.cem.va.gov.

Visit Carithers Flowers online at www.carithers.com to view and order your Memorial Day flowers or call (800) 647-8182 to place your order today. Carithers Flowers offers same-day flower delivery in Atlanta and across the United States. Follow Carithers Flowers on Twitter and receive 10 % off your order using the special Twitter promo code.

 

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