April 08, 2009

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I'm more or less taking Holy Week off from posting, but I thought I would send along this email that I received this morning. It's for a good cause:

As Memorial Day approaches, The Memorial Day Foundation, based out of New York, is determined to "increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day." In order to do that, they have set up a system to send flowers to a veteran, to a deceased party's loved ones or sponsor flowers to be laid at various War Memorials.

The below link is offered to view the many options for anyone who is


A little about "The Memorial Day Foundation":

The Memorial Day Foundation's mission is to increase awareness and respect
for Memorial Day. We are trying to fulfill our mission by involving the
public in our historical and traditional ways of remembering Memorial Day.
One of these traditional ways is with flowers. The gift of flowers at a
memorial site is a ritual that occurs around the world in every culture. As
you probably know our own Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, when on the 30th of May Americans would decorate the graves of Civil War Veterans with

We have designed a beautiful and dignified "Thank You" floral bouquet of
artificial flowers. The floral sleeve is appropriately flag draped in red,
white and blue with a specially designed label evoking past Memorial Days.
It pays tribute to those who fought and died for us; it explains the origins
of Memorial Day and includes a beautiful and moving poem in their honor. The
Foundation would like to give the public an opportunity to remember and
honor the nation's war heroes, by placing these bouquets at the Nations War
Memorials during Memorial Day Weekend even if they are unable to visit
Washington D.C.

We will be using stems of artificial red roses in the bouquet. The tradition
of red flowers as a symbol of the blood that was shed for our freedom and
liberty goes back to the Civil War. Red roses are also the universal symbol
of love.

Each bouquet will have a thank you card attached to it (hence the name
"Thank You Bouquet") that the donor will have the option to sign. The thank
you card can be signed by individuals, couples, families, corporations,
institutions, organizations and civic associations. It's important to
remember that Memorial Day belongs to everyone.

We would deliver the bouquets to the Nations War Memorials during Memorial
Day weekend so that they will be in place for Memorial Day. This would allow
for the maximum number of visitors to these memorials to see the bouquets
for the fitting tribute that they are for our war dead.

We are asking the public for a $15.00 donation for each bouquet. $5.00 of
every $15.00 donation will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project this year
in the long held tradition of honoring our dead and helping our wounded. We
have deliberately set the donation as low as possible for the greatest
participation by the American public.

We delivered and placed the first bouquets to the Nations War Memorials on
Friday May 25th of Memorial Day weekend 2007. It was a very reverent and
memorable day to have made a public display of remembrance with the flower
bouquet. Members of the Nam-Knights Brooklyn-Queens Chapter help place the
flowers at the Memorials along with many people who were visiting the
Memorial and wanted to participate in remembering our war dead on Memorial

The Memorial Day Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt not for profit
organization and all donations are tax deductible. The Foundation has no
paid positions and relies on volunteers, donors and gratuitous services.

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