Memorial Day is fast approaching, and throughout the history of this holiday, flowers have been part of the celebration. From placing flowers on graves to giving out poppies in remembrance of fallen heroes, this is a holiday where flowers are an excellent way to remember those who have died to protect the freedom of the country. As you make your Memorial Day plans, take some time to think about the reason behind this holiday and some of the ways you can celebrate.
Memorial Day History
The holiday that we now call Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was first a holiday supported only by the northern states, who were honoring fallen soldiers from the Civil War on May 30. Southern states, in protest to the war, chose to honor their fallen brothers on a different day.
After World War I, the country came together, and so did the desire to honor soldiers. Originally, states celebrated the holiday at different times, but in 1971 the National Holiday Act of 1971 made the last Monday in May the official date of Memorial Day. Today, several southern states also have days to honor Confederate war dead, but the entire nation celebrates Memorial Day, honoring soldiers who have died in any war, on the last Monday in May.
Ideas to Celebrate Memorial Day
If you want to go beyond the picnics and parties, there are several options to help you enjoy Memorial Day. In addition to the fun, consider visiting your local veteran’s cemetery and placing flowers on a grave. Adopt a widow or widower and send flowers to honor their loved one who has passed away. Encourage your children to appreciate the sacrifice, taking them to a celebration or honoring ceremony in your area.
If you are looking for a floral arrangement to give as a gift this Memorial Day, Julia’s Florist has several options. One of the most popular is our Celebrate Freedom arrangement. White daisies mix with red carnations and roses in a clear vase that sits on a desk, countertop or table. The arrangement is finished with a small American flag, making it the ideal way to say “thanks” this Memorial Day.
As you make your Memorial Day plans, remember to honor those who have died to protect your freedom. With the help of Julia’s Florist, you can. Contact us today to find your Memorial Day flower arrangement.