Memorial Day declares the unofficial start of summer with picnics, camping, backyard barbecues and perhaps the season’s first trip to the beach or the mountains. Among all the summer kick-off festivities is the remembrance of those who gave their lives that we might relish in precious freedom. It’s a time to raise the flag of the red, white and blue, whether you have a mighty high flag pole or a wee Old Glory on a stick.
As you plan your weekend, remember the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 29. Americans are asked “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and Respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps’.” It’s easy to enter this in a cell phone with a reminder 20 minutes in advance. Taking a few moments to remember fallen soldiers is a very small sacrifice compared to the lives given for freedom.
Patriotism is at the heart of it all, and red, white and blue fresh flowers from bloomsday.com raises the bar on every celebration. For those planning a picnic at home or heading to a friend’s house, centerpieces of patriotic flowers are just as appropriate now as those Thanksgiving arrangements that adorn your tables in November.
Red ~ carnations, roses, asters, alstroemeria, gladiola
White ~ lilies, alstroemeria, roses, daisies, baby’s breath, carnations
Blue ~ poms, irises, delphiniums, hydrangea
Among the arrangements crafted to honor Memorial Day are these below, and when the holiday has come to a close, feel free to repurpose the vase. You can continue the all-American theme by filling it with red, white and blue glass beads. Insert a flag or two for decoration, then add water and fresh flowers all summer long.
FTD® UnityTM Bouquet stands tall and proud with small flags nestled in among roses, irises and alstroemeria and finished with a red bow.
FTD® Greater GloryTM Basket is a charming whitewashed basket stuffed with always stunning lilies, gracious roses, glorious gladiola and hydrangea clusters.
FTD® Independence TM Bouquet is the sweetest round bundle of fresh red and white flowers adorned with a blue ribbon.
By Joanne M. Anderson