Observed since just after the Civil War, Memorial Day has seen many traditions associated with the day. One of the most solemn is the manner by which the American flag is officially flown. At dawn, the flag is raised to full mast, then immediately lowered to half mast to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. At noon, the flag is once again raised to the top, indicating that those of us still alive will never cease to honor those heroes. Americans also attend parades, memorials and worship services; many veteran organizations also pass out the iconic red poppy in remembrance.
However, the earliest observance of Memorial Day was centered around flowers. Originally called Decoration Day, the first instituted tradition was that of placing flowers on the grave-sites of lost loved ones. Although many traditions have been added since that time, the poignant expression of a floral arrangement remains the favorite of patriotic citizens.
One of the most popular arrangements at Billy Heroman’s is our America the Beautiful arrangement. It is a perfect red, white and blue tribute for this day featuring blue hydrangea and red roses. Another very popular Memorial Day design is Floral Fireworks. This bouquet has a lovely assortment of blue delphinium, white daisies, and red carnations.
For a faith based arrangement, many choose our naturally beautiful Red Rose Cross; while those looking for a deeper meaning may opt for our stunning Casablanca White Lilies. Lilies traditionally symbolize that the souls of our loved ones are restored to innocence and purity in heaven.
Memorial Day is the perfect time to stop and reflect on the personal sacrifices of those who fought for America. And flowers remain the perfect representation of reflection, as they have been from the earliest days. On May 5, 1868, as the very first Decoration Day was announced, General John Logan stated “The 30th of May is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers…the graves of comrades” To continue this great legacy with your family, visit any one of our (3) Baton Rouge flower shops; or search online for the perfect expression of gratitude. Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts.