“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.
And although the red poppy is often still worn on lapels as a symbol of remembrance, it is rarely a fresh flower. If you would like to send beautiful, meaningful and patriotic Memorial Day flowers to a grave site or family of a fallen hero, you’ll find the designs you need at Gordon Boswell Flowers in Fort Worth.
The red, white, and blue color palette of the American flag carries significance – red signifies courage, white stands for integrity, and blue for loyalty. There are many flowers that exhibit these hues and can be used to create beautiful patriotic displays.
Red roses and carnations are among the most popular choices for the fiery hue, while white lilies, carnations, and mums are used to offset the red. Blue hydrangea, delphinium, and iris can be used to add in the royal blue, and ribbons and colored vases can also add to the traditional display. Thee are many options for you to choose from – or you can simply ask the floral designers to create the perfect arrangement! If you are sending flowers to family members at home, a more traditional floral bouquet is appropriate. “Funeral-style” flowers – such as wreaths, sprays, crosses, or urns – should be reserved for a gravesite or memorial.
Monday, May 29 gives us the opportunity to convey respect and gratitude to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice – as well as to show empathy and compassion to those left behind. Call Gordon Boswell Flowers for patriotic Memorial Day flowers that will express your feelings today and every day.