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Memorial Day Flowers

Mothers Day 2017 is now over and it was a really great one from all accounts. Now we turn our attention to Memorial Day and specifically Memorial Day Flowers. 

The Memorial Day Flowers is a program that was the brainchild of Dean Rule, Jeff Sheedy and Ramiro Penaherrera (of the successful Flowers For Kids program). Now a 501 (c)(3) non profit, the Foundation works with Growers, Importers, Logistics companies, Wholesalers and Retailers throughout the USA.

Foundation director Johan Sohn coordinates South American imports and logistics.  Armellini Logistics continues to donate transport to ANC. At the request of the National Cemetery Administration, the Foundation is organizing events at seventeen national and veterans cemeteries.   

Flowers are donated or purchased from suppliers and distributed to the local cemeteries where volunteers from organizations like the Boy Scouts  hand a flower to each visitor to be placed on a grave. If there are graves with no visitors the volunteers place one for them.

This is a beautiful program that really touches everyone in very private ways. Flowers bring tears of joy which is a special emotion when surrounded by so much sadness.

If you are not aware of this program I invite you to learn more.

For a full list of Floral and Non Floral Sponsors please go to memorialdayflowers.org 

 

Williee Armellini
Editor: Flowersandcents.com

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  • ProFlowers and Sun Valley Floral Farms Partner to Donate Flowers to Veterans
    ProFlowers charity partners will deliver 90,000 bright, beautiful Royal Lilies in honor of Memorial Day

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    FTD Companies, Inc.
    25 May, 2017, 08:40 ET
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    SAN DIEGO, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — To honor the brave men and women who have served our country, leading online floral gifting brand ProFlowers® (NASDAQ: FTD) and Sun Valley Floral Farms will donate and deliver 90,000 Royal Lilies to charities, veteran’s hospitals and centers around the nation. Random Acts of Flowers, ProFlowers charity partner whose ongoing mission is to create moments of kindness in healthcare facilities, will deliver the beautiful, bright bouquets throughout the third and fourth weeks of May in honor of Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day.

    Lilies represent appreciation, and Sun Valley’s Royal Spring lilies are an exclusive hybrid species of Asiatic-Longiflorum Lilies. Their blooms are bigger than traditional Asiatic Lilies, they have the longest vase life of any lily, and they boast the widest variety of colors including wonderful hues of peach, pink, orange and yellow. ProFlowers, Sun Valley and Random Acts of Flowers wanted to honor hospitalized and disabled military members who have served our country with the fresh flowers.

    ProFlowers® and Sun Valley Farms partnered to donate and deliver 90,000 fresh lilies to charities, veteran’s hospitals and centers around the nation. Random Acts of Flowers volunteers prepared the flowers into bright, beautiful arrangements to make smiles happen in honor of Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month.
    ProFlowers® and Sun Valley Farms partnered to donate and deliver 90,000 fresh lilies to charities, veteran’s hospitals and centers around the nation. Random Acts of Flowers volunteers prepared the flowers into bright, beautiful arrangements to make smiles happen in honor of Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month.
    ProFlowers trucks are transporting the lilies to charity partners in Chicago, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Silicon Valley, Sacramento and Portland. Random Acts of Flowers and ProFlowers employee volunteers will deliver the bouquets to veterans in locations including Hines VA Hospital, Evanston Vet Center, Richard Roudebush Medical Center, the Palo Alto VA and others.

    Since 1998, ProFlowers works directly with top-quality growers such as Sun Valley to deliver fresh flowers at a great value right to your recipient’s doorstep. Sun Valley is one of the largest grower/distributors of specialty cut flowers in the United States with farms in Northern and Southern California.

    Random Acts of Flowers is ProFlowers main charity partner. To date, ProFlowers has donated more than 38,000 bouquets — 460,000 flowers — to the organization for its ongoing mission.

    “At ProFlowers, our mission is to inspire, support and delight people through the gifting of fresh, beautiful flowers, while also doing our part to support the communities in which we live and operate,” said ProFlowers General Manager and Senior Vice President Laura Szeliga. “Honoring the lives, courage and legacy of our military is a part of that, and we know how much a simple gesture such as a vase of bright flowers can make a really meaningful impact. It goes a long way.”

    “It is through ProFlowers and all of our partners’ continued support that brings our mission of delivering hope alive, day in and day out,” said Random Acts of Flowers National Programs and Strategic Growth Director Kellie Doyle. “We are also especially grateful to Sun Valley for these beautiful lilies. It will bring so many smiles to veterans across the country.”

    Sun Valley Floral Farms President Lane DeVries said, “It is an honor to participate in this program and share our flowers with veterans across the United States. The men and women who selflessly serve in our nation’s military deserve our admiration. We are humbled by their service and see this small gesture as a way to say thank you.”

    ProFlowers offers deep discounts to men and women in uniform at http://www.proflowers.com/militarydiscount. Visit ProFlowers.com for super-premium quality flowers for any kind of occasion including birthdays, anniversaries and “just because.”

    About FTD Companies, Inc.
    FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of brands, we provide floral, specialty foods, gifts and related products to consumers primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. We also provide floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. FTD has been delivering flowers since 1910 and the highly-recognized FTD® and Interflora® brands are supported by the iconic Mercury Man logo®, which is displayed in nearly 35,000 floral shops in over 125 countries. In addition to FTD and Interflora, our diversified portfolio of brands includes the following trademarks: ProFlowers®, ProPlants®, Shari’s Berries®, Personal Creations®, RedEnvelope®, Flying Flowers®, Flowers Direct™, Ink Cards™, Postagram™ and Gifts.com™. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information, please visit http://www.ftdcompanies.com.

    SOURCE FTD Companies, Inc.

  • Air Force Veteran encourages the rediscovering of Memorial Day’s true meaning
    VAntage Point ContributorThursday, May 18, 2017 1:55 pm
    Memorial Day, a holiday to honor those who gave their lives for our country, has evolved into a day recognized primarily through parades, barbecues, drinks and discounts. Though U.S. service members today fight and die in multiple countries, and cemeteries across the country stand as monuments to lives lost at war, we’ve forgotten how to commemorate sacrifice. But I believe we can rediscover the meaning of this special day on May 29, thanks to the new #FlowerOnEveryGrave campaign.
    It’s not surprising that we’ve lost track of Memorial Day’s purpose and meaning. With less than one percent of today’s U.S. population serving, and less than seven percent having served at some point in their lives, it is easy for Americans to lose track of war’s toll.
    For me, Memorial Day immediately takes me back to remembering my late father, Air Force Veteran Lt. Col. Tom Charters. He embodied service before self and sacrifice. Well before I was born, he received orders in his first year on active duty to deploy in support of Vietnam with the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing. He returned home, met my mother, got married and continued proudly serving his country for 28 years. He faced many challenges in the military, but met his greatest challenge as a Veteran, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
    Suddenly, the superman we knew became human. I wish I knew how to prepare for this hardest chapter of our lives. Together, we supported each other as a family and his strength was what kept everyone going. The last day I was in his presence, he was draped in our nation’s flag and still carried the same strength I was so familiar with. His battle ended at home and not in war, yet he is the first person I think of every Memorial Day.
    Not everyone has a personal story and connection to Memorial Day, but we Veterans should not continue allowing our fellow Americans to spend the day without remembering those who are no longer with us.

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