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Veterans Day Activities in Boston

Posted by Suzie Canale on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day is a holiday marked to honor all of those who have served our country in the military forces.  Often confused with Memorial Day, which remembers all those who have died while in the service, November 11th is the federal holiday that marks the end of The Great War otherwise known as World War I.   Although the document that officially ended the battle, The Treaty of Versailles, wasn’t signed in France until seven months later on June 28, 1919, soldiers ceased their fighting on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour, thus becoming what we all celebrate as Veterans Day.  Around the country, United States citizens pay homage to the brave men and women who sacrifice themselves in complete totality by engaging in activities, events and honorariums to say their thanks in appreciation for everything that they do.  Among one of the most active demographics to participate within these celebrations are Bostonians who are particularly patriotic due to the rich history Bean Town possesses.  Here are some local events occurring within Massachusetts observing the Veterans Day holiday essence. 


Parades are a wonderful way to join with one another to lionize a special occasion and Boston just so happens to put on a remarkable show.  Beginning at 1pm at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Street, this eclectic group of marchers includes ROTC high school cadets, several military units and incredible bands blaring nationalistic music throughout the city.  Following only three minutes behind is the second parade segment marched by the “Veteran’s For Peace”, an organization dedicated towards advocating knowledge about the cost (financial, physical and mental) of war upon our country.  Filled with chants, speeches and colorful presentations, Boston’s Veteran’s Day Parade is one of the most reputable patriotic gatherings of the year.


Boston is also hosting a variety of special events including the “Women’s Veterans Appreciation Day” event located at the State House on 2014 November 6th, at 11 am.  Not only will families and friends gather to eat an exquisite brunch celebrating female military personnel but one will be awarded the Deborah Sampson Award in dedication of Massachusetts’ first female veteran.  “Back On My Feet Veteran’s Walk & Run” is another alternative where awareness and funds are raised to support returning military troops to deter homelessness and abandonment.  This wonderful cause takes place on the 11th of November at 6pm starting meeting at Government Center.   A third option to be included on your calendar is the “Habitat For Humanity Veterans Build”, a construction project supported by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services to build homes for returning female soldiers.  And the best part about it?  You don’t have to have any previous architectural or contracting skills to join in!



Tags: Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Veterans, Politics

Are The Presidential Inauguration Flowers Worth the Money ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Jan 18, 2013

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Members of all parties are debating whether or not the President should spend $100 million dollars on his inauguration. Of course he should. We live in the United States of America, our economy is driven by the purchasing of consumer goods and services. What better to way to show how to spend tax dollars than spending them on goods and services in America. We are a country of image. We believe in the best. We have an image to uphold and it should never be sacrficed.
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The above photo shows the flowers used in Obama's 2009 inaugural luncheon. Note the importance of flowers on the tables and also how understated and alluring the President's head table looks with three oblong flower arrangements linked together with fresh garland. Now, think about how weak and lacking these same tables would look without flowers. If you take the approach of cutting the budget on flowers, then you might as well cut the dry cleaning bill and attend the lunch in sweat pants. 
Inauguration flowers 2013For the 2013 inaugural luncheon, party planners have chosen orange flowers in silver cache pots. While guests are dining on American favorites like grilled bison and New England chowder, they will feel welcome and invigorated by the flowers on their tables. The flower colors and container were chosen to pick up the copper and bronze tones of Statuary Hall. The arrangements on the tables feature 'free spirit ' roses and ranunculas.

Tags: Party Flowers, Presidental Flowers, Presidents Like Flowers, Politics, Party Planners, Obama

Mitt Romney Gives a Shout Out for the Local Florist

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Aug 31, 2012

Mitt Romney Red RoseTampa, FL - August 30th, 2012: at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney recognized the local florist in his speech accepting the Republican nomination for President. 

“Mom and Dad were married 64 years, and if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table . . ." - Mitt Romney

We often hear of romantic gestures of small notes, single flowers and special songs and poems. It is nice that local florists were given recognition on national television.

"Here's the bottom line right left conservative liberal whatever ....On a national stage in front of millions of people on National TV.... THE LOCAL FLORIST WAS PROMOTED... It's amazing what the power of flowers has, as described by Mitt Romney last night.
The message I'm sending is 'SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES',." - Hal Conklin

Tags: President, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Presidental Flowers, Politics, Rose Symbolism, Roses

Exotic Flowers Endorses Connolly, Consalvo & O'Malley for Boston City Council

Posted by Rick Canale on Sun, Nov 06, 2011

John Connolly Boston City Council
Tuesday November 8th , 2011 is Election Day. Although not a presidential election, mayoral or gubernatorial election in Boston; this election is key for Boston City Councillors at Large.
Incumbents Matt O'Malley and Rob Consalvo are locks for their current seats. Rightfully, these two tireless workers are assets to the city of Boston. With youthful enthusiasm and strong ethics, Exotic Flowers in Boston is proud to endorse both Matt O'Malley and Rob Consalvo for Boston City Council.
Exotic Flowers of Boston also asks for you to cast your vote for Boston City Councillor John Connolly. I have known John personally since 1986 from our time at the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury. As a teammate and school mate, John has always been a good friend and strong leader. 
John Connolly Boston City Council at Large
" As one of the youngest members of the City Council, I take my experience as a former middle school teacher with me to work every day. On the Council, I am focused on our shared vision for One Boston – a livable Boston with safe, affordable, and sustainable neighborhoods defined by a world class public school system and known as greenest city in the world." - John Connolly
Boston City Council

Tags: Election Day, Boston City Council, John Connolly, Politics

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