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SOURCE The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
Hundreds of thousands of roses to be placed on graves of soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery & cemeteries across the country.
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers throughout the nation are joining together for the fourth year this Memorial Day to honor the nation's fallen heroes by placing roses on graves at Arlington National Cemetery and cemeteries around the country. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, a charitable organization created by a Ramiro Penaherrera and Kevin Clifford, are leading this touching tribute.
"The supreme sacrifice our military and their families make for us could never be repaid," said Ramiro Penaherrera, Co-founder of Memorial Day Flowers. "On this one day, we want to tell the families of these heroes that the loss of their loved one was not in vain." He added, "We want to honor those who willingly gave their lives for us."
Kevin Clifford, Co-founder of Memorial Day Flowers said, "I feel incredibly privileged to be part of a program honoring our servicemen and women, as well as their families in a small but meaningful way." He added, "We need to bring attention to the lack of recognition of those who have served and raise awareness of some of the challenges they face."
At Arlington National Cemetery more than 400 volunteers from Delaware Valley Floral Group, the primary sponsor of the event, Boy Scouts of America, local fire and rescue departments, flower growers and numerous supporters will gather over the two-day period to place on headstones and hand out to visitors 140,000 roses. Additionally, fresh flower bouquets, will be given to ANC visiting families to take home in remembrance.
In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, more than 100 small retail florists and businesses will place roses in cemeteries across the country and honor families of service members. Flowers growers from Ecuador, Colombia, Canada and the United States donated flowers in support of the cause. Transportation, preparation and logistics services are donated by the Delaware Valley Floral Group.
About The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (MDFF), was founded to honor our fallen troops and the sacrifice their families make on our behalf. MDFF is also partnered with Corporate Resource Services to provide national job placement assistance for Veterans. To learn more, visit: Memorial Day Flowers on the web or Facebook.
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