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Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Memorial Day is a federal US holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May to commemorate and honor all Americans who died while in military service.

Memorial DayOn this day, the USA flag is first raised quickly, and then solemnly lowered half-staff until mid-day (to commemorate those in the armed forces who gave their lives while serving their country). At noon, the flag is raised to full-staff until sunset, symbolizing the raising of the fallen’s memory by the living so their sacrifice is not in vain, and who resolve to continue the fight for freedom and justice on their behalf.

Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” that refer to the fields of poppies that grew on a battlefield in Flanders (Belgium), YWCA worker Moina Michael attended a conference wearing a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed over two dozen more to others present. She also penned the poem “We Shall Keep the Faith“, part of which reads:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

This custom of wearing artificial poppies moved the American Legion in 1920 to adopt the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.

Here are some other interesting Memorial Day facts and trivia:

  • It was first celebrated as “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
  • Memorial Day is commonly known as “The gateway to Summer” and a popular day for grilling and BBQ.
  • Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally be named Memorial Day until 1967.
  • On Memorial Day at 3:00pm local time, Americans are asked to pause for a minute of silence or listen to “Taps” as a “National Moment of Remembrance” (established by Congress in 2000).
  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend took effect in 1971.
  • The Indianapolis 500 motor race has been held on Memorial Day since 1911.
  • More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home on Memorial Day.
  • Every year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
  • In Great Britain this day is commemorated as “Remembrance Day”.

The practice of sending roses to close family of fallen heroes has now become a tradition, so if you would like to honor and commemorate the memory of an Americans who died in military service, you can place such an order now.

 

Are you ready for the Centennial Mother’s Day?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Happy Centennial Mother's Day 2015Mother’s Day will have been celebrated for a whole century this year on Sunday, May 10, 2015!

Although Anna Jarvis is widely recognized as the founder of “Mother’s Day”, it wasn’t until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson officially created the – now widely celebrated – US holiday by setting aside every second Sunday in May for the purpose. [Read more…]

So, do not forget to order your single red rose or flowers for your mother now!

 

Have you ordered flowers for Mother’s Day yet?

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Mother’s Day is coming up very fast … Sunday, May 12, to be precise.

So, if you haven’t yet placed your flower order for Mom, now is a good time to do so. The longer you wait, the more expensive roses and other fresh flowers tend to become.

Northern Pacific Railway Mother's Day card 1915

Mother’s Day card 1915

Here’s some interesting trivia about Mother’s Day in the United States:

  • It is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. This year, that is May 12.
  • This holiday tradition was established by Anna Jarvis in 1908.
  • Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
  • Anna Jarvis later detested the holiday’s commercialization and spent the rest of her life attempting to remove it from the calendar.
  • Carnations have come to represent Mother’s Day since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them at the first celebration in 1908.
  • This holiday generates a significant portion of the U.S. jewelry industry’s annual revenue in the form of custom gifts and rings.
  • For Mother’s Day, Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts (e.g. spa treatments), and another $68 million on greeting cards!

So, be sure to order your flower(s) for Mom now! 🙂

 

Valentine’s Day

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The origins of Valentine’s Day is based, partly on fact, and in part on fiction and folklore. Not to mention, later commercial subversion and influences!

This holiday is said to have originated from the death of St. Valentine, a Roman saint commemorated on February 14, and widely associated with expressing one’s love for another. As such, it is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day.

In Medieval times, the concept of “Courtly Love” developed from these ancient Valentines traditions, where (especially) the man would nobly and courteously express his love and praise his lover via chivalrous deeds and poems.

This romantic tradition gained popularity in the Victorian era, and in America, lovers exchanged hand-made “valentines” as early as 1700s. This commemoration became commercialized in the US during the 1840s, when the so-called “Mother of the Valentine”, Esther Howland, started to sell mass-produced Valentine’s products.

The well-known Hallmark gifts and cards company, launched its first valentine product in 1913. And the rest, as they say, is history! 🙂

Valentine's Day Single RoseHere are some fun facts and trivia about Valentine’s Day:

  • An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually.
  • More women (85%) than men buy valentines gifts.
  • For Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchased are by men.
  • Over $1 Billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury.
  • Teachers get the most Valentine’s cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and (only) then, sweethearts.
  • 73% Of those who purchase Saint Valentine’s Day flowers are men.
  • The color red represents strong romantic feelings, and a red rose therefore remains the preferred choice as the “flower of love”.
  • Venus, the Roman goddess of love, preferred the red rose as favorite flower.
  • Popular Valentine’s symbols of love include Cupid, arrows, doves, love birds, roses, and hearts.
  • A single perfect red rose framed with “Baby’s Breath” is commonly referred to as a “signature rose”, and remains the most popular flower gift on St. Valentine’s Day.
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candy, especially, chocolates.
  • The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day because it is seen as the source of human emotions, in particular, love. In addition, it is red, the most romantic color.
  • To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered lucky. 🙂

Finally, don’t forget to order a rose for your special Valentine!

 


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