Roses for Veterans Day

Yes, we at Peoples Flower Shops said it. You can send roses for Veterans Day. Hear us out.

The venerable occasion we celebrate every November 11 or thereabouts doesn’t have a designated flower. And yet, on this day, when we as an Albuquerque community come together to honor our heroes through parades and observances, the accompanying decor is definitely emblematic. We wave flags, we wear uniforms. Why not add an official flower? One that we would all agree is triumphant, dignified and elegant?

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Seasonal Flowers That Go Well With Veteran’s Day

shutterstock_199599788No flower is as widely associated with Veterans Day as the red poppy. In 1915, three years before the of World War I, Dr. John McCrae, a Canadian army surgeon and Lieutenant Colonel wrote a poem describing the pain he felt of seeing long rows of white stone crosses covering a large field. The only contrast to those stark white grave markers were red poppies growing in the field. The poem entitled “In Flanders Fields,” was published in Punch magazine in December of 1915.

On November 11, 1918, all fighting stopped at 11:00 A.M. Six hours earlier, an armistice agreement was signed, and at 11:00, hostilities stopped. The armistice may have marked the official moment when the war ended, but even though combat stopped, the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919 made the armistice official.

The first celebration of Armistice Day after the war ended took place on November 11, 1919. From then until 1954, November 11th was an official observance of the agreement that ended World War I. Known as the Great War, World War I was also described as the war to end all wars. No one who lived at that time could imagine another war that would leave as many dead soldiers as World War I.

In 1954, after the end of World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower decided to change the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. He believed there should be an annual holiday that celebrated, honored, and showed respect to all who ever fought in any American war.

Throughout the country, communities have their own Veterans Day celebrations or observances. Parades are one of the most popular and common ways that communities show their support to veterans.

For families who lost a loved one in any war, it may be a time to visit their beloved’s grave. It is a time when flowers, wreathes, or other patriotic symbols are placed on or beside veterans’ graves. The president largealways places a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The soldier was buried in there on November 11, 1921.

Poppies aren’t readily available, but flowers are still an important symbol of love and appreciation. Patriotic flower arrangements combine the colors of the American flag. The Sacred Duty Spray is a beautiful arrangement that is supported by an easel. It is a beautiful way to pay respects to a deceased veteran by having the easel guard and protect the grace.

The Patriotic Salute combines red, white and blue flowers in an elegant arrangement that is sure to warm your special veteran’s heart. A simple arrangement of red flowers is a lovely and thoughtful way to show your appreciation.

Veterans’ Day Celebrations in Albuquerque

memorialp4Veterans’ Day is on Monday, November 11th, but there are many ways that this special day that commemorates the dedication and sacrifice of all our war veterans can be celebrated.memorialp3

This blog post provides background on this special day of remembrance and offers some information on some Albuquerque Veterans’ Day events.

Origins and Observance of Veterans’ Day

Veterans’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I. The armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 to end World War I. In 1926, the U.S. Congress recognized it as a special day of prayer and thanksgiving, and it finally became a legal holiday in 1938.

Now, Veterans’ Day is a day for all veterans of all wars with parades and church services. It is also a time to raise our American flags. Some schools and businesses take the day off in respect of this special holiday.memorialp2

Albuquerque Veterans’ Day Events

There are a number of events, parades, and offers for veterans on Veterans’ Day this year in Albuquerque:

  • The New Mexico Veteran’s Art Show that starts on November 9th and runs for consecutive weekends for most of November.
  • The Veterans’ Parade and Memorial Ceremony starts at 9am on November 11th at Bullhead Park.
  • The Veterans’ Day events at the University of New Mexico will be held on November 9th and November 11th to honor veterans.
  • There will be a Veterans’ Day parade at the Corrales Catholic Church on November 11th and another parade in Santa Fe also on November 11th.
  • A special ceremony will take place at the Rio Rancho Veterans Memorial on November 1a at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park.
  • There are many restaurants and retailers that are offering free or discounted items on Veterans’ Day to show their appreciation for veterans.

Flowers for Veterans’ Day Celebrations in Albuquerque

At all of our Albuquerque florist locations, we are offering a wide range of patriotic flower arrangements in traditional and contemporary styles to use as gifts, centerpieces, float décor and memorials. Our talented floral design team can also custom design anything for Veterans’ Day to suit your budget and style.memorialp1

From all of us at Peoples Flower Shops, we want to extend out thanks and appreciation to veterans everywhere.