If you’re anything like us here at Peoples Flowers, you spend Memorial Day both honoring the fallen heroes in your life and getting together with the friends and family who are in it now. The spirit is both respectful and celebratory, and the flowers you use to enhance the events you host in your home have to follow suit. Many of us will be coming together in our outdoor spaces, hosting barbecues or eating dinner under the stars. After all, this is the cusp of summer.
Memorial Day has been recognized since the year after the Civil War ended, named Decoration Day until it was named an official holiday in 1971. If you would like to have flowers delivered to the loved ones of a fallen soldier – or send an appropriate floral arrangement to a grave site – you can rely on the team at Peoples Flowers to design Memorial Day flowers that are both patriotic and poignant.
Poetic Flowers: After World War I, the holiday would be associated with the red poppy, thanks to a poem written by John McCrae, a soldier and medic who wrote his verse to memorialize his experiences in battle. In Flanders Fields remembered the scene of red poppies growing among the soldier’s graves. “In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row…” The red poppy has endured as a lasting symbol of the day although in modern times, a faux flower is usually passed out by churches and benevolent societies to be worn on a lapel.
At Peoples Flower Shops, our professional florists remember and honor our nation’s fallen soldiers by creating elegantly patriotic floral designs for Memorial Day ceremonies and services. Observed on the last Monday of May each year, Memorial Day signifies much more than just a long weekend; the holiday marks a time nationally set aside to remember and honor those soldiers who have given their lives in service of the country.
The act of decorating a soldier’s grave with memorials and flowers dates back to the beginning of recorded history, but our modern Memorial Day observances first commenced shortly after the American Civil War, when women, in both the north and the south, began commemorating and honoring fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers. In 1865, the Grand Army of the Republic’s General John A. Logan stated in a proclamation that Decoration Day would be celebrated across the United States on May 30th, a day which marked the anniversary of no battle and on which flowers would be abundant. This day was set aside to honor the nation’s soldiers who had died during war. Over time, the holiday was gradually referred to as Memorial Day rather than Decoration Day, and in 1967 its name was officially changed. An echo of the past, during modern Memorial Day observances the graves of national military cemeteries are decorated with flags.
On Memorial Day, families and communities honor and remember fallen soldiers with flag ceremonies, speeches, parades, and by decorating their graves with memorials, photos, and patriotic floral bouquets. Similar to our Patriotic Salute arrangement, Memorial Day bouquets proudly display our nation’s colors, red, white, and blue with flowers like carnations, roses, daisies, lilies, and delphinium. These bouquets also incorporate patriotic ribbon, picks, and vases.
This Memorial Day, our expert florists at Peoples Flower Shops can help you select a beautifully patriotic floral design in honor and memory of a fallen soldier from your community.
Next Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day, a special day to remember all those who we have lost in various wars and conflicts. They fought for our freedom and to maintain our rights. Every year, we take the last Monday in May to remember them and celebrate the armed forces for their bravery and commitment. It’s also a time to spend with family and friends as well as begins the summer season.
Albuquerque Memorial Day Celebrations
- Sound Fest
- Summertime in Old Town Memorial Day Concert
- New Mexico Philharmonic Concert: Here’s to the Heroes!
- Memorial Day Ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial
Of course, there are many other community events in Albuquerque as well as neighborhood picnics and barbecues to make the most of the Memorial Day weekend and remember our soldiers.
Flowers for Memorial Day
Flowers are an important part of every Memorial Day. They are often laid on each gravesite of fallen soldiers as well as are used in wreaths at public ceremonies for Memorial Day. Flowers are also part of Memorial Day parades and social events, including those in a ray of patriotic hues.
At Peoples Flower Shops, we have beautiful Memorial Day flower arrangements as well as the ability to create custom patriotic flower arrangements, using a wide range of flower varieties, patriotic colors, and containers as well as creating arrangements that fit your budget for whatever event you have planned this Memorial Day.
We have the freshest spring and summer flowers now available for Memorial Day bouquets, Memorial Day wreaths, Memorial Day centerpieces, and Memorial Day flower arrangements. These include everything from roses and carnations to tulips and orchids.
Memorial Day Deliveries
It’s time to place your order for Memorial Day now so you can enjoy the flowers and share them with loved ones over this three-day weekend. We deliver throughout the Albuquerque, New Mexico areas as well as across the country.
From all of us here at Peoples Flower Shops, we will always remember those who died serving our country and value all that they have done to fight for our freedoms.
This blog post provides background on how this special holiday was developed and how you can remember fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.
Memorial Day History
While the holiday first was recognized by the northern states, it took some time to convince the southern states to recognize this as a holiday. In fact, many states still also conduct their own remembrance days for those who have died in our nation’s service.
Memorial Day is now recognized as a three-day weekend and Federal holiday thanks to the National Holiday Act of 1971.
Memorial Day Celebrations
While it is often just looked at by many as a three-day break from work and school, including time for quick weekend getaways, barbecues, and the start of summer vacation, many people across the nation still take the time to remember those who have fallen while fighting for our freedom.
There are many ways to participate in Memorial Day activities, depending on where you are living:
- Local Memorial Day parades
- Local Memorial Day graveside services
- National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time with a moment of silence and playing of “Taps”
- Flag at half staff
Memorial Day Flowers
Whether you have a loved one that has been lost in a war or you want to just honor your fellow patriots for their efforts to keep our country safe, you can select Memorial Day flowers or Memorial Day wreaths to lay at a grave site.
Or, you can buy some patriotic flowers to display around your home to celebrate your national pride and remembrance of fallen soldiers. A patriotic display of red, blue, and white flowers is a nice touch for a Memorial Day picnic or barbecue as well.
On behalf of all the Peoples Flower Shops locations, we would like to extend our thanks to the families and friends for the sacrifices that their loved ones have made for our country. We are also taking this time to remember those that we have lost in service to our country.