This weekend, volunteers are expected to adorn the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery with thousands of flowers for Memorial Day.
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation says it is donating 220,000 blooms for the annual event at the cemetery, and expects 1,200 volunteers will be on-site from around 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help place the flowers.
“Our primary goal for 2019 is to decorate all 300,000 headstones and niches at Arlington,” the foundation wrote on its website.
The foundation began decorating back in 2012, after part-Ecuadorean founder Ramiro Peñaherrera rustled up donations from Ecuador’s major rose growers for his and other family members buried at the cemetery.
Today, the flowers are donated from growers across the U.S., as well as Ecuador and Colombia, and the event is sponsored by several companies, including FedEx, Cisco, and TD Bank.
A spokeswoman for the foundation told ARLnow that family members interested in a flower for a loved one’s grave at the cemetery can request one by contacting the foundation at [email protected] and a... https://www.arlnow.com/2019/05/24/memorial-day-volunteers-to-lay-220000-flowers-at-arlington-national-cemetery/
On Sunday, May 26, more than 1,400 volunteers from the D.C. area honored fallen troops by placing 225,000 flowers at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery. This annual event is organized by the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.
"It's about bringing back the original meaning of Memorial Day, by encouraging people to visit cemeteries and decorate grave sites while recognizing the sacrifices made by our fallen military heroes and veterans," said Ramiro Penaherrera, who co-founded the project in 2011. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and people would observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries and decorating grave sites to recognize the sacrifices made by our fallen military heroes.
This event is part of a national effort by the foundation involving 600,000 flowers that decorated 400,000 grave sites at more than 100 cemeteries nationwide on Memorial Day.
"Thousands of veterans' grave sites go unvisited and unrecognized on Memorial Day – the national day to honor our fallen troops and decorate their grave sites," said Penaherrera. "We want to honor and remember their service and sacrifice for our country."
Flower growers from Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and California donate flowers for the event. The event is widely supported across the floral industry. In pa... https://www.postsouth.com/news/20190528/225000-flowers-placed-at-arlington-national-cemetery-for-memorial-day
Christ in Cleveland.
“We thank you for everyone here who she’s impacted and who she’s still impacting.”
Flowers was fatally shot Dec. 8, 2014, in her Arlington County, Va., home in what police said was a murder-suicide involving Ray Savoy Jr., her boyfriend. They had been dating about four months.
Flowers, 31, was a second-year American University law school student and an analyst and courier for Leidos Inc., a Reston, Va.-based contractor whose clients include the CIA. Flowers had worked for the CIA, beginning as a receptionist in 2003 before working her way up to an analyst, her mother said.
Her work involved traveling to central Asia, the Mideast and eastern Europe — including Bosnia, Egypt, India, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Her mother said Flowers watched the 2011 overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak from a Cairo hotel. She received a desert coat in Saudi Arabia that her mother sometimes wears in her living room to keep warm.
The youngest of six children, Flowers grew up in Elyria, attending Midview High School before transferring to Southview High School in Lorain when her grandfather became ill and her mother moved to care for him. Flowers graduated in 2001 and attended Lorain County Community College before moving to the Washington, D.C., area for the CIA job.
Flowers, who spoke Spanish and studied Arabic, graduated in 2009 from George Mason University with a degree in international history. She was attending law school as part of plans to become a defense attorney and was volunteering for a law firm at the time of her death.
Flowers was remembered as gregarious, generous and stylish. She loved going out with friends to dance. She liked wearing nice clothes, drove two BMWs and bought her father a Cadillac last year.
In the winter, her mother said Flowers carried coats, hats and scarves in her car. She gave them to homeless people she saw on the streets of Washington, D.C. She carried around bottled water for them in the summer.
“She was so friendly,” said Dawn Bivins, a lifelong friend of Flowers who attended Midview with Flowers. “She was a very outgoing person and a very loving, sweet person.”
Bivins last spoke to Flowers when she attended her brother Jeffrey Flowers’ 50th birthday party in Lorain in November 2014. Flowers called Bi... http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/12/07/a-light-extinguished-a-life-celebrated-elyria-native-killed-in-virginia-murder-suicide-remembered-a-year-later/