Memorial Day was established in the years following the Civil War, and for decades the observance was known as Decoration Day. Although originally a remembrance of Civil War fighters, after World War I the scope was expanded, and the name changed to Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially designated a national holiday, honoring the sacrifices of those heroes who died during the commission of their military service. This month, Americans will once again show their respects to those lost, as well as acknowledge family members who may still grieve. Zeidler’s Flowers is privileged to assist you in finding the most beautiful and meaningful flowers to honor them this May 29. Did You Know? Although they share parades and patriotism – not to mention a lot of red, white, and blue – Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day do not commemorate the same thing. Veteran’s Day recognizes every soldier, airman, marine and sailor who served in the armed forces, focusing on giving recognition to those still alive. Memorial Day is meant to remember those who died while in service to their country.
A beautifully poignant way to show compassion and sympathy for a family still mourning the loss of a loved one is with a patriotic floral display. Memorial Day designs nearly always showcase the the red, white and blue, but many people do not realize that the colors of our flag hold deep meaning in and of themselves. Red represents for courage, passion and sacrifice; white extols purity of purpose, integrity and dignity, and blue signifies true-blue and steadfast loyalty.
Flowers to consider when creating Memorial Day designs include:
Red: Roses, carnations, and gerbera daisies
White: Roses, carnations, lilies, hydrangea, daisies or mums.
Blue: Delphinium, hydrangea or iris.
A Strong Memorial Bloom: The gladiolus flower is often used in funeral and memorial bouquets. The stalk is long and slender, resembling a sword, and the flowers are thought to represent strength of character, victory, and courage.
If you are looking to decorate a grave site or memorial, you may wish to consider wreaths, urns and sprays that will convey your feelings of respect and honor. We can also provide a long-lasting silk flower tribute for the cemetery – just give us a call and ask. Patriotic arrangements showcase a sense of pride and legacy that is unmistakable – call Zeidler’s Flowers today to order yours and pay your respects in a meaningful way.