A Weekend Of Poignant Tributes And Celebrations

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those soldiers who died in service to country, the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our nation. It’s also a time to gather with friends and family, attending parades, ceremonies and grave sites. For many of us, that means a visit to Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, a beautiful resting place for our community’s military. We will stroll through the memorial walkway and look out over Mountain Creek Lake, reflecting on the profound service so many of our local heroes gave and continue to give.

Gordon Boswell joins you in honoring our country’s finest this Memorial Day, and we also know that many of you will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate the fallen heroes you called your own. We’ll be hosting backyard barbecues, potluck dinners and more to both commemorate our military connections and to embrace each other at the advent of summer.

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Patriotic Memorial Day Flowers

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“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row”  – In Flanders Fields, John McRae

The popular war poem, which lamented the deaths of hundreds of soldiers in a battle during World War I, forever linked the red poppy and the traditions surrounding Memorial Day. Although the observance did not become an official U.S. holiday until 1971, “Decoration Day”, as it was originally known, captured the hearts of Americans since the Civil War.  Continue reading

Flowers to Use this Memorial Day

memorial dayEach year, America opens the summer season with a 3-day holiday at the end of May that includes Memorial Day. We often associate this late-May holiday with summer barbecues and parties, but it’s also a time to remember men and women who have died in military service. Observers commonly place flowers like roses on the graves of the fallen.

How Did Memorial Day Get Started?

After the devastation of the Civil War, a group of veterans decided that an official day of remembrance for war dead was necessary. They chose a date in late May to honor the fallen because it was assumed the spring weather would allow everyone to make trips to cemeteries to place flowers on graves.

One of the first official observances occurred at Arlington National Cemetery, and it wasn’t long before similar events started to occur around the country. Honoring the fallen of the Civil War was important to Americans all across the country because of the war’s tremendous cost of human life.

Interestingly, the day was originally meant to remember those who had perished in the Civil War, but World War I and the other conflicts of the 20th century led to the eventual inclusion of war dead from all conflicts.

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Celebrating Memorial Day with Flowers

Flowers have a variety of meanings and come in virtually every shade. Just about any sort of bloom is appropriate for a Memorial Day remembrance whether you’re placing flowers on the grave of a loved one or whether you’re expressing gratitude for someone’s sacrifice at a family or neighborhood gathering with a patriotic arrangement of flowers.

Popular flowers for the holiday include carnations, roses, and mums because they’re available in the patriotic colors of red and white. Blue flowers tend to be a little rare, but one way to include blue in a patriotic arrangement is by using blue delphinium with red carnations and white Fuji mums.

If you’re looking for a subtle way to honor someone’s memory with flowers, you might choose an arrangement of red roses to decorate a grave as the color is often associated with courage. You may want to add white roses to the arrangement as a symbol of reverence.

Flowers are a beautiful and respectful part of your Memorial Day celebration whether you’re celebrating with friends at a barbecue or whether you’re taking a trip to a cemetery to decorate a grave and honor the fallen.