During Veteran's Day we are reminded of our freedom and the many who have sacrificed their lives in defending that freedom. At Arlington National Cemetery
in Virginia, thousands of visitors show their respect for our veterans with flowers for their graves. Flowers at a gravesite not only show honor and respect but also show love for the one who has died.
Arlington National Cemetery even realizes the importance of having arranged flowers. They offer complimentary cemetery vases to insert your mixed flower bouquet into. Arlington National Cemetery is a visual masterpiece. Walking the grounds of the cemetery sends chills up your spine. Every American can say they have a loved one there, as these men and women have given us so much more than we could ever give them. Flowers at their gravesite is the least we can do.
Arlington National Cemetery even has a set of floral guidelines which exhibit how important they feel flowers are.
- Fresh cut flowers may be placed on gravesites at any time. Arlington National Cemetery provides portable cones for flowers that public may use. These cones can be found throughout the cemetery in centralized stone containers.
- Artificial flowers may be placed on gravesites from October 10 through April 15.
- The government does not assume any responsibility for damaged or missing flower arrangements.
- Planting of flowers, shrubs, etc. is prohibited.
- Potted plants are permitted during the period 7 days before and 7 days after Easter.
- Wreaths are permitted during the holiday season (from 1 Dec until mid-January).
- Floral items will be removed from the gravesites as soon as they become faded and unsightly.
- Prohibited decorations include: statues, vigil lights, flags, glass objects of any nature, and any type of commemorative items and are not permitted on gravesites—except for U.S. flags placed on the gravesites by government employees for Memorial Day.
- Floral items and other types of decorations are not to be secured to the headstone or marker.
- Flowers may be placed at the bottom of a column at the niche wall or in the Columbarium.
Every Christmas since 1992, Arlington National Cemetery has been the recipient of 5000 donated Christmas wreaths for the graves there.
Even if you cannot get to Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran's Day
. There are thousands of veterans' graves in the Boston area where you can leave a stem or two of flowers to show your respect.
Veterans Day 2010 - Proclamation President Barack Obama
"On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with ceremonies on this day, let our actions strenghten the bond between a Nation and her warriors.
... Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants and mentors, parents and community leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return to their homes and families..."
At Exotic Flowers and Lombardi Florist in Boston and Roslindale, we are proud to be lead daily by a veteran. Arnold "Sonny" Canale proudly served in the U.S. Navy on board the destroyer USS Buck761. Sonny served during the Korean War as a machinist mate and received his honorable discharge.
Sonny brings his miliary background to work on a daily basis. Employees are trained daily in discipline, honesty and most importantly respect.
Some observers may feel that this regimentation is a bit intense for a Boston flower shop. Exotic Flowers however feels that our military influence is integral to our success as Boston's Premier Florist.