Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to Bring 130,000 Roses to Arlington National Cemetery to Honor Fallen Troops Memorial Day Weekend – May 5, 2016


Media opportunities for filming and photography available May 29-30, Advance Interviews Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 5, 2016
PHOTOS AVAILABLE

 

Arlington, Va. – On Sunday, May 29th, more than 300 volunteers from the D.C. area, including Boy Scouts, will honor fallen troops, by placing 130,000 roses at headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. This annual event is organized by the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit. There will be an opportunity for media to get photos and footage of the volunteers at the cemetery from 12:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday, May 29th during the placement of the roses in front of headstones.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 29
NLT 12:00pm
– 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 on headstones. Distribution is coordinated from refrigerated tractor trailer truck near Section 60.

MONDAY, MAY 30, MEMORIAL DAY
7:00am -11:30pm – 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 and where there will be military families visiting gravesites of their loved ones.

 

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Many of the scouts have participated in years past and are from Vienna, Virginia. Background interviews could 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.

 

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 in the United States. More information is available at www.memorialdayflowers.org, Twittter  @MemDayFlowers

 

Photos/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 27 for media access for Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, please send an email to: Stephen.j.smith162.civ@mail.mil.

 

Media interested in covering the Memorial Day National Observance must register with the Military District of Washington. For more information, please send an email to: usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.mediadesk-omb@mail.mil.

 

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