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Two weeks ago, we participated once again in a very special event, Memorial Day Flowers. Memorial Day is a day to recognize the fallen men and women who have served our country, and we are honored to be a part in such an important event. We received a few sets of images from places we sent roses, we hope they’ll inspire you to participate next year!
Gonsalves-Fasso Flowers | Hanford, CA
We participated in the Memorial Day celebration at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Coalinga. There was a great turn out from our Avenal community as you can see by the picture. Thank you to Avenal Police Dept and their explorer program.
Kathryn Church Designs | Idaho
We gave them away at a local cookie stand who was giving vets free cookies at our farmer’s market and then at the cemetery. We marked the flags with roses (each flag has a dog tag on it.) And some we just gave to people or placed on a grave who were there at the cemetery.
The Memorial Day Flowers event is upon us, and once again we have committed to donate twenty-five Memorial Day Flower kits! It is so important to recognize the fallen men and women who have served our country, and this is a great program to participate in along with the help of our customers.
Please fill out the form if you are interested in receiving a flower kit (250 roses, handouts and a banner). If selected, you will be charged $40 and will also need to send in pictures of your Memorial Day activities.
Filing out the form is NOT a guarantee to receive a Memorial Day Flowers kit. You will receive an email from Mayesh marketing confirming your participation.
Here are a few more inspiring images from last year, and take a look at the full recap of last year’s event on the blog!
Over the past two weeks, we’ve been receiving stories & photos from customers who participated in the Memorial Day Flowers event. It was a day to use flowers to honor our U.S. service men and women who are no longer with us. We hope you had a great Memorial Day as well, remembering heroes past.
This year, we participated in the delivery and placement of 18,000 roses at the Arizona National Cemetery in Phoenix. The coordination of the volunteers was done by our customer Judy Haenel from Tulip Tree. Of the approximately 200 volunteers, six of them were our customers. Four employees participated, two brought their children. Mario brought his son. Krista’s daughter brought her Honor Society group and they received Community Service hours and got their picture taken with Senator John McCain. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will all receive badges. It was meaningful for all involved.
Simply Flowers of Fresno, California
We would like to express our gratitude to Mayesh and it’s partners for allowing us to participate in this program. Not only was the community extremely grateful but it was a life changing experience for my staff. There were moved and honored to be a part of this event. The entire staff indicated that it made theirs hearts warm.
Royal Events and Design of Charlotte, North Carolina
These are the ladies that helped me hand them out. They are from the chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Daughters of the War of 1812. The service was very moving, and the people that we gave the roses to were happy that they had something to put on their love ones grave.
Your Image Floral of Ojai, California
We were so lucky to participate this year and can’t wait for next. We had about ten Military spouses and their children and eight Active Duty in uniform join us on Monday to place the roses at Ivy Lawn in Ventura CA. This was so special and touching for each and everyone of them. I already have a list of people that are looking forward to joining us next year.
Since we were the only Florist in Ventura County to have ever participated and that we had Military spouses and active duty involved the local paper joined us.
Klamath Flower Shop LLC of Klamath Falls, Oregon
I wanted to share the pictures from our Memorial Day festivities here in Klamath Falls. We had an amazing time talking with everyone and handing out complimentary roses during the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of those who served. We handed out 350 roses yesterday. I would say about half stayed at the memorial and the other half were taken to grave sites throughout the city.
We are so thankful to Mayesh for making this possible!
Floral Fantasy of Madera, California
We had an incredible time doingWe had an incredible time doing this service for the Vets and their families. We had such a great response to the roses which were incredible!! Most beautiful red roses ever. We fresh cut, conditioned, stored for Monday…all were perfect. We set up our banner, some flags that I purchased to give away also, at Courthouses Park which is a historical landmark and in the center of Madera. The Avenue of flags were flowing in the wind, each with a name of a Veteran on the pole, spectacular. Our community does an awesome job of putting on the observance of our armed forces who gave their all. I was honored to have been a small part of it. Thank you Mayesh and the Greenrose growers for providing such a great service. We were so happy to be selected to participate in such a wonderful event.
Beautiful Blooms by Jen of Sylvania, Ohio
We partnered with a customer who works for Wreaths Across America. He enlisted the help of some cute brownies to help him pass the roses out to veterans and their families.
The Aria Hotel of Las Vegas, Nevada
We are very grateful for the generosity of roses that were sent. Numerous employees had to work Memorial Day & it warmed the hearts of many to share this visual arrangement honoring all our Troops serving past and present. The arrangement created a focal point to take photos with coworkers and loved ones. We are very blessed to live in the nation we live in because of those that have served and fought for our freedom. Thank you for making this a wonderful Memorial Day 2016.
Heath Florist of Salem, Oregon
This was the first time we had participated in the Memorial Day Flowers and we LOVED it!! My business partner is also my sister so we share the same sense of humble gratitude for our Veterans. It was a huge honor for us to be able to give back to our community in this way. We joined City View cemetery on Monday for their ceremony and were out of our flowers within about twenty minutes! This is going to be a new tradition for Heath Florist now! Thank you, so very much, to everyone that made this program possible.
Four Muses Floral of Portland, OR
I traveled around with the Post 21 American Legion Riders, Color Guard, and the Women’s Auxiliary Group representatives. We performed ceremonies at 8 different cemeteries/memorial sites around Yamhill County, Oregon, ending at the Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Veteran’s Memorial. After each ceremony, members placed roses on Veteran’s graves. Hope you enjoy the photos, and thank you for making this possible.
Do Floristry of Ann Arbor, Michigan
With the roses we created huge 12″ and 9″ hand-glued composite ‘poppy pretenders’ that we used throughout the gala decor in the cocktails, bars, courtyard and reception entrance area. The arrangements were enormous! My personal favorite detail is the red rose and silver thistle wreaths I created for the two bronze lions flanking the entrance to the courtyard. The remaining 75 roses were distributed to guests, most of whom were active new enlistees, military, veterans and their families as they left for the evening. Big thanks for making this annual event super special!
Now & Forever Flowers & Décor of Michigan
Memorial Day was awesome!! We had the opportunity to meet with so many families who lost loved ones who served our county. What was a sad day for many, we were able to make it a beautiful day with the roses and simply taking the time to listen to their stories. We first began our venture at the Gary Miles Veteran’s Center in Ecorse, MI and spent most of our day there sitting and talking to veterans who lost fellow soldiers. We then went to the International Gospel Center in Ecorse, MI where many of the families gathered to honor the loved ones they have lost. The dynamic of the roses seemed to change the atmosphere everywhere we went. We were even asked to go to a few other venues to spread our joy with roses that day. It was an amazing day! Thank you so much for allowing us to spread such joy here in Michigan. We look forward to celebrating the bravery of every man and woman who served our great country every year from now on.
For 2016, Mayesh has committed to donate 25 Memorial Day Flower kits. We love participating in this program with the help of our customers to recognize the fallen men and women who have served our country.
If you are a florist who wants to get involved in their community’s Memorial Day festivities, please let your Mayesh branch and sales representative know as soon as possible. Each kit contains 250 roses, 250 handouts and 1 banner, which are available for a $40 fee. Please keep in mind that we are trying to spread the kits around the country, and note that we are only making these kits available to our current Mayesh customers so act fast.
Read our past blog posts showing some of the goodness that this program does! I cannot wait to see and hear about Memorial Day Flowers 2016!
We wanted to share with you some of the stories and pictures we received from customers who participated in the Memorial Day Flowers Flowers event. Read on to get a feel for how thousands of flowers were used to honor our U.S. service men and women who are no longer with us.
Intimo of Portland, OR
Intimo is an event florist. We have been in business for 2 years, though I have been a florist for 18 years. I started the company because I wanted to be part of a business that made people feel good. We are committed to doing our best to make every client feel absolutely special from start to finish. I used to work as a corporate coach and decided life was too short to be stressed out all the time. My employees love that the only rule I have is – No Stress. If we aren’t having fun – then I make sure we stop and bring it back.
I was raised by my Grandfather, an Army Colonel who died from cancer that was from being doused in Agent Orange as he fought in the front line of the Vietnam – his third war after WWII and Korea. I spent many holidays with him in military hospitals and have never seen illness like the people in VA’s.
When I contacted Jake and Amy at the Portland Flower Market – I knew I wanted to follow in the tradition of my Grandfather who always said to honor the dead and celebrate the living. I was thrilled when I was selected to receive the flowers. I made arrangements with the VA Hospital in Portland and delivered a rose to every single person who was hospitalized, receiving dialysis, was in the ER, or was a member of the military and working on Memorial Day. On each flower was a note attached about the importance in remembering the fallen heroes of the world. Because the people in the hospital could not attend ceremonies and family BBQ’s, the flowers were intended for them to use in their own personal way to take a moment to honor the fallen and also honor the fact that they were too ill to participate.
On many floors of the hospital, the nurses gave the roses to people in the rooms. On the dialysis floor and in the ER, people were eager to talk to the “ladies with the roses.” Many men were reluctant to receive them, but as soon as I refused to take no as an answer – smiles broke loose. In the ER were two gentlemen who I’m sure were terminal. One refused, but I noticed a ladies jacket on the chair beside him. I asked if it was his wife’s and he said yes. I asked if he thought she would like one and he lit up. I know he was in a lot of pain. I handed it to him as his wife walked in and he gave it to her. The tenderness and love, I will never forget it. Another gentleman, who was very ill, said he didn’t want one because he had no one to give it to. I said it was him to have something prettier than the boring room he was in. We talked for a good while about his life. He talked a lot about his coming death. When a nurse walked in and asked where he got the rose, he said it was for her. He was a big flirt. She lit up and gladly took it. I left him a small pile of roses to give to the ladies and I could tell the rest of his day would be full of flirting. We hope it made a difference.
Sadly only one volunteer showed up to help me, but the difference the event made for her was tremendous. She has a son who has been unable to cope with his PTSD and is currently homeless and goes missing for long periods of time. No matter how hard she has sought treatment for him, it just hasn’t been successful. For her, her son is a fallen hero becasue his time took him away, but left his body. Being able to celebrate in a way not linked to cemeteries meant the world to her.
In the end we had about 50 roses left, so I walked to the nearest cemetery with our wagon and mascot, Winston. At first I started decorating graves without flowers, but decided since there were many more graves than I had flowers for I would rather leave them for families so that they could have a more personal experience. The cemetery had a station set up with tools, snacks, and flags for people to use. The volunteers were overjoyed to have a bucket of roses to add to what they offered. A couple families took flowers while I was there and were overjoyed to have something to make the day more meaningful. It was touching to watch a young boy learn about the meaning of Memorial Day from his Grandmother.
My only regret in the day was not having enough time to let people know they could participate and volunteer and also that I did not get many photos. Next year – with or without the support of Mayesh, I will deliver flowers to the VA again. They had never received a donation like it. The staff were moved beyond words and the heroes spending the day there appreciated the gesture tremendously.
The Flower Lady of Phoenix, Arizona
“In recognition of the sacrifices made by members of the United States Armed Forces, and volunteering our time on behalf of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, my sisters and I arrived at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix, a little before 7 a.m. on the holiday. With roses, a banner and brochures provided by the Foundation, plus additional roses provided by private donors, we distributed over 380 long-stemmed roses to persons who were attending the 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony. And, with additional flowers donated by Mayesh Phoenix, we also distributed 35 vases filled with bouquets of mixed flowers.
When I say this was an emotional endeavor, that is an understatement, as many of the attendees who accepted these flowers were brought to tears, many wanted to give us hugs, and many more stood up straighter with pride … smiling and telling us how they would then place the flowers at the burial site of their parent, grandparent, brother, sister, spouse ….
Before we left the cemetery, we took a few minutes to visit a grave site which was personal for us, and we had the privilege of placing a rose next to our friend’s marker to honor his service. While we were doing that, we were thrilled to watch the Primary Trainer Squadron of the Arizona Antique Airplane Association as they performed a missing man formation overhead with their bi-planes.
On behalf of my sisters who worked with me, Sandra Smith and Susan Chatterjee, and myself, I would like to thank my floral supplier, Mayesh, for providing us with the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation. Belonging to a family with many members who have served (and are still actively serving) in the military, including our late father (a Marine who fought for Iwo Jima), and our late brother (an Army helicopter crew chief who served 2 tours in Viet Nam), it was our true honor and privilege to give a little bit of our time to support this wonderful event.”
Hilary’s Flowers of El Segundo, CA
“Since my sons Boy Scout troop travels to Kern River over Memorial Day, we have taken the roses with us and donated them to the Kern Valley Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony, for the last two years.
They are so happy we have been giving them these beautiful roses.
I also set some aside for the woman’s groups that help out with the ceremony the Woman’s Auxiliary and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
We did 4 large arrangements of red roses to go into their large urns at the Veteran’s wall.
I was also able to donate 2 smaller arrangements to the El Segundo United Methodist Church for their Memorial day service this year. This is our Troops sponsor in El Segundo so it seemed fitting.
After the ceremony at the cemetery they will take the flowers to two assisted living homes and two other local gathering places in town for everyone to enjoy.”
The Tulip Tree of Glendale, AZ
“A friend took her 8 children and distributed flowers there, we took 96 bud vases to the VA Care Home on Indian School and 3rd Street. One of the vets sang “Some Enchanted Evening” to us. One lady vet (WWII) I spoke to for quite a while, was crying, red roses are her favorite flower, her husband (who was also a vet) always gave them to her. She asked me if I thought someone would place flowers and a flag on her husband’s grave since she was unable to get there (he is buried in the VA Cemetery at Chapel Hill). I told her florists across the U.S. were going to different cemeteries, and flags were definitely placed on all military graves.
Thanks to the farm and Mayesh for helping us to participate on this day.”
Boulder City Florist of Las Vegas, NV
We went to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery The lady with the pictures lost her fiancé in WWII Everyone loved the roses Please like my Facebook Boulder City Florist And you will see more Thank you so much Kris Thompson
Under the #MayeshGivesBack initiative, it is important that Mayesh doesn’t just sell flowers, but that we take the extra step for our community as well. This is where Memorial Day Flowers comes in. For the third year in a row, Mayesh has teamed up with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to celebrate the men and women who have served our country and are no longer with us by donating over 5,000 roses nationwide. To get thousands of flowers to 23 customers across the country, it takes many special partners. Our efforts could not be possible without Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, Greeenrose & Agronatura (amazing & generous rose growers), UPS, and our customers.
Our customers will be handing out the roses at local cemeteries, Memorial Day events, parades and more. Be sure to check back soon, as we will post some of the wonderful stories that will surely happen because of this movement.
Memorial Day Flowers Foundation’s mission has a reach much greater than the work accomplished with Mayesh. In fact, the foundation’s centerpiece is their efforts at Arlington National Cemetery, where over 120,000 roses will be distributed to be placed on headstones. In addition, the foundation works with wholesalers similar to Mayesh and other organizations – that is another approximately 35,000 roses to help honor our fallen soldiers! For more information on the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, you can visit www.memorialdayflowers.org.
What are your Memorial Day holiday plans?
It is that time of year when we need to start preparing for Memorial Day Flowers! This is such an amazing program to recognize and honor those that have served our country with flowers! So if you are a florist who wants to get involved in their community’s Memorial Day festivities, please let your Mayesh branch and sales representative know asap. We are making 40 kits available to our customers for just a $40 charge (the kits are $250 on the Memorial Day Flowers site)!! Each kit contains 250 roses, 250 handouts and 1 banner. Please keep in mind that we are trying to spread the kits around the country and are striving to have 2-3 go to each branch. Note that we are only making these kits available to our current Mayesh customers. Last, but not least, we wanted to say thank you to Greenrose, an Ecuadorian flower farm and one of our rose vendors for donating these roses!
Read our past blog post showing some of the goodness that this program does! I cannot wait to see and hear about Memorial Day Flowers 2015 – get the tissues ready!