Honoring Our Military: 200,000 Flowers to be Placed at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day – May 17, 2018


Arlington, Va. – On Sunday, May 27th, more than 900 volunteers from the D.C. area will honor fallen troops by placing 200,000 flowers at gravesites 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 by the foundation involving 500,000 flowers that will decorate 400,000 gravesites at 35 cemeteries nationwide on Memorial Day.



– Media meet Arlington National Cemetery public affairs staff on Memorial Avenue for escort to the event location.
11:40am-1:00pm – Media will be able to film the unpacking of the refrigerated tractor trailer trucks with the flowers, as well as the hundreds of volunteers picking up buckets of flowers. Boy scouts and hundreds of volunteers will place flowers at headstones. Interviews will be conducted on Memorial Avenue from 12:30pm-1:00pm. All press attending this event must register in advance and will be escorted by the cemetery’s public affairs staff.


Volunteers are needed for the clean-up on Saturday, Saturday, June 2, 2018. Sign up here:


INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Many of the scout troops attending this event have participated in years past and are from Northern Virginia. Background interviews can be arranged before the event (outside the cemetery) if needed with organizers, area volunteers, and surviving families of fallen troops touched by the project.


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

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 (put ANC-Flower Request in the subject line). We will place a flower for you and take a photo to email to you.

There are 35 cemeteries participating this year, including:

  • Alabama National Cemetery
  • Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia)
  • Beaufort National Cemetery (South Carolina)
  • Central Maine Veterans Cemetery
  • Fort Custer National Cemetery (Michigan)
  • Fort Jackson National Cemetery (South Carolina)
  • Fort Logan National Cemetery (Denver, Colorado)
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery (Minnesota)
  • Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Los Altos, California)
  • Georgia National Cemetery
  • Houston National Cemetery (Texas)
  • Jacksonville National Cemetery (Florida)
  • Lancaster Cemetery (Pennsylvania)
  • Long Island National Cemetery (New York)
  • McDonough Veterans Wall, Heritage Park, (McDonough, Georgia)
  • Miramar National Cemetery (California)
  • National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
  • New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery
  • Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery
  • Raleigh National Cemetery (North Carolina)
  • Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
  • Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (California)
  • San Francisco National Cemetery (California)
  • South Florida National Cemetery)
  • Washington Crossing National Cemetery (Pennsylvania)
  • Willamette National Cemetery (Oregon)

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 flowers annually for Memorial Day, and have expanded their efforts with the help of volunteers and local businesses to select cemeteries around the country. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States. More information is available at www.memorialdayflowers.org, Twittter @MemDayFlowers


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


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 media access over Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, please send an email to: kerry.l.meeker.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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