Memorial Day celebrations have deep roots with accounts of fallen soldiers being honored with graveside markers and decorations dating back to the beginning of recorded history, but observances similar to those we practice today first caught on soon after the American Civil War, when women in both the north and south volunteered to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers in springtime. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic standardized the holiday in 1865, issuing a proclamation which announced that Decoration Day would be celebrated nationwide on May 30th. This date was selected because it fell on no battle’s anniversary and also occurred during a time of year when flowers are abundantly available. Over time, people gradually began referring to the holiday as Memorial Day rather than Decoration Day and its name was officially changed in 1967.
Today, we still observe Memorial Day near the end of May. In national military cemeteries and across the nation, communities and families come together to observe Memorial Day by honoring fallen soldiers and showing our appreciation of their sacrifices with parades, flag ceremonies, speeches, and of course by decorating graves with photos, patriotic banners, ribbons, and flowers. Elegant floral arrangements designed specially for Memorial Day, like our Patriotic Salute bouquet, feature red, white, and blue flowers including roses, daisies, carnations, and delphinium.
Our experts at Breen’s Florist are ready to assist you in selecting the perfect patriotic floral arrangements to commemorate and thank a soldier from your community who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.