MEMORIAL DAY FLOWERS BRINGS TOGETHER VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HONOR AMERICA’S FALLEN SOLDIERS
Hundreds of thousands of roses to be placed on graves of soldiers at
Arlington National Cemetery & cemeteries across the country.
DATELINE: April 20, 2015—Washington, D.C.—Volunteers throughout the nation are joining together for the fifth consecutive Memorial Day to honor the nation’s fallen heroes by placing roses on graves at Arlington National Cemetery and cemeteries around the country. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, a charitable organization created by South American and U.S. flower executives is leading this touching tribute.
“The supreme sacrifice of our military and their families could never be repaid,” said Robin Penaherrera, Founder of Memorial Day Flowers. “On this day, we want to tell the families of these heroes that the loss of their loved one was not in vain.” He added, “We’d like to honor those who willingly served, and in some cases, gave their lives for our country.”
Foundation Director Johan Sohn of Miami flower importer Solé Farms says, “As a South Korean born, who has lived in the United States for the last 30 years, and is now a proud American, I am forever grateful for the involvement of the US military during the Korean War, and the opportunity and freedom my native country enjoys today. Additionally, having committed many years to the flower industry through my work, this event validates that a simple rose can make a huge impact on someone, and shows that flowers are great way of expressing our feelings.”
At Arlington National Cemetery more than 300 volunteers from Troop 976 Boy Scouts of America, Virginia local fire and rescue departments, flower growers and numerous supporters will gather over the two-day period to place on headstones and hand out to visitors 135,000 Colombian and Ecuadorian roses.
“I was introduced to Memorial Day Flowers four years ago and got hooked,” said Lieutenant Schermerhorn, a Virginia County firefighter and Member of the Urban Search and Rescue Team. “So many firemen have served in the military and this is one way we – as fellow firefighters – can show our thanks. ANC visitors are encouraged to take a rose home to serve as a symbol and reminder, for days to come, of a family member who served.”
About The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (MDFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded to honor those who have served and the sacrifice their families make on our behalf. To learn more, and see our full list of sponsors, visit memorialdayflowers.org on the web or Facebook.