National Memorial Cemetery, Arizona

6th Annual Memorial Day Flowers A Big Success

For the sixth year the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation organized the handout and headstone placement of 140,000 roses and summer flowers at Arlington National Cemetery. Thanks to Mayesh, Kennicott Brothers, and other WEFSA wholesale florist members over 125 florists gave out roses at local cemeteries, parades, and from their shops.
Florists who participated had the chance to connect with their communities to honor those who have served our country.

National Memorial Cemetery, Arizona
Judy Haenel of Tulip Tree Florist co-ordinated over 115 volunteers at National Memorial Cemetery in Arizona.
National Memorial Cemetery
“For me personally it was a very moving day, my husband is there, and was
beautiful to see all our veterans honored by so many caring people. One of
the most touching stories I heard was from one of the volunteers, she said
as she placed a rose on the marker and read the name, service history,
age, that person became real to her, not just a headstone of an unknown
soldier. Thanks again for everything”. – Judy Haenel

Major sponsors of the Memorial Day Flowers program for retail florists are ProEcuador and WFFSA.

girl scouts, Arlington National Cemetery
Girl scouts place roses at the Arlington National Cemetery.

If your shop is interested in participating in 2017 please have your local wholesale florist contact WFFSA or [email protected]

2 thoughts on “6th Annual Memorial Day Flowers A Big Success”

  1. Hi Ryan,
    Yes, such a great gesture long overdue. My only miss giving; would it not have been more fitting to use American grown flowers. Such a shame.
    Keep up the newsletters, I enjoy them immensely. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comments, Lynn.

      It’s important to note that this initiative is primarily driven by the South American growers. It’s less about choosing to source from SA, and more about being grateful to the growers who saw a need and stepped up to initiate the action. The growers started this, went to the florists, and encouraged the wholesalers to contribute their facilities and assistance as well.

      I could definitely see your point if the florists had started this, then opted not to use American flowers… but that wasn’t the case here.

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