On May 25, 2015, America will celebrate its 147th Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. The holiday was instituted officially in 1868 by General John Logan, although the day had been observed for several years unofficially around the country. Waterloo, NY is often cited as the birthplace of Decoration Day as they observed the day by decorating graves and closing businesses. It would be a 100 more years (1971) before Congress would declare a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Unfortunately, many wars have been fought to defend freedom in this country and abroad. Regardless of the year, situation or venue, brave men and women have often paid the ultimate price for this privilege we enjoy. Their honor and bravery remain an important thread in the tapestry of our story. From major cities to small towns each year, both active duty military and veterans march down parade routes to cheering crowds. On a less serious note, many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer, and celebrate accordingly with bar-b-ques and picnics.
Patriotic Photo Tribute Display
Of course, many visit cemeteries and memorials to pay their respects. The longstanding tradition of decorating graves and memorials with flowers remains as poignant today as it ever was. America continues to honor and remember its heroes, as patriotism still runs through our veins. Walter Knoll Florist has several arrangements available for you to honor your fallen loved one, including the Patriotic Photo Tribute Display . This personalized floral display showcases red gerber daisies, white snapdragons and blue delphinium, among other beautiful floral accents. They are presented in a tray that allows for you to add a framed personal photograph, making this arrangement as special as the person it is meant to honor.
Visit our St. Louis area florists to see our full selection of Memorial Day floral arrangements, which range from wreaths to crosses and floral sprays. Whatever your choice, you can be assured that these patriotic arrangements will reflect the honor, valor and bravery of your loved one on this Memorial Day.