Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to Bring 160,000 Roses to Arlington National Cemetery to Honor Fallen Troops Memorial Day Weekend – May 28, 2017

Media opp available Sunday, May 28, 12:30pm-3:00pm

PHOTOS, VIDEO AVAILABLE

Arlington, Va. – On Sunday, May 28th, more than 300 volunteers from the D.C. area, including Boy Scouts, will honor fallen troops, by placing 160,000 roses at headstones 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 (which was originally known as Decoration Day), by encouraging people to visit cemeteries and decorate grave sites while recognizing the sacrifices made by our fallen military heroes and veterans. This event is part of a national effort that will place tens of thousands of roses at 17 cemeteries on Memorial Day.

 

** MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, INTERVIEWS **
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH & SPANISH

SUNDAY, MAY 28
12:15pm
– Media meet Arlington National Cemetery public affairs staff on Memorial Avenue for escort to the event location.
12:30pm-3:00pm – Boy scouts and volunteers will place roses at headstones. Distribution is coordinated from refrigerated tractor trailer truck near Section 60.

MONDAY, MAY 29, MEMORIAL DAY
7:00am -11:30am – 75 volunteers will hand out 30,000 roses to entering visitors and families of fallen troops. Volunteers will be stationed at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center and at Section 60 where hundreds of troops who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred.

Volunteers are still needed for clean-up on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Sign up here: https://www.memorialdayflowers.org/cemetery-volunteer/

 

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Many of the scouts have participated in years past and are from Vienna, Virginia. Background interviews can be arranged earlier if needed with organizers, area volunteers, and surviving families of fallen troops touched by the project.

 

SUPPORTERS: In partnership with the Foundation, more than 200 retail florists and main street businesses will distribute roses from their shops to the public for placement in cemeteries across the country to honor fallen service members and late veterans. Flower growers from Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States donate flowers for the ANC event. The event is widely supported across the floral industry.

FAMILIES OF THOSE INTERRED AT ARLINGTON: If you have a loved one interred at Arlington National Cemetery and you can´t make it for Memorial Day and would like to have a flower placed at your loved one’s resting place, please contact us at info@memorialdayflowers.org with name, section, and headstone number. A volunteer will place a rose at the headstone, take a photo and email it to you.

ABOUT THE MEMORIAL DAY FLOWERS FOUNDATION

The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation began in 2011 after U.S. citizens working in the floral industry wanted to do something to express their patriotism and profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by America’s military men and women. They began with placing 10,000 roses at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day in 2011. They continue to work with Arlington National Cemetery to place roses annually for Memorial Day, and have expanded their efforts with the help of volunteers and local businesses to select veterans’ cemeteries around the country. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available at www.memorialdayflowers.org, on Facebook and Twittter @MemDayFlowers

 

Photos/Video/Interviews/Media Contact for the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation: Ami Neiberger-Miller, 703-887-4877, ami@steppingstoneLLC.com

 

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY MEDIA ACCESS DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:

The Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs Office is responsible for credentialing and facilitating media access within Arlington National Cemetery. Interested media must arrange for an escort for by noon on Friday, May 26 for media access over Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, please send an email to: Courtney.A.Dock.civ@mail.mil .

 

Media interested in covering the Memorial Day National Observance must register with the Military District of Washington. For more information, contact 202-685-4645 or usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.mediadesk-omb@mail.mil.

 

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