This year we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday May 27, 2013. The holiday, always celebrated on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. The first official observation of Memorial day was on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1873, New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. ESPECIALLY YOURS FLORIST, has potted outdoor flowering plants, logs, fresh floral cemetery cones and floral basket arrangements for the cemetery. Feel free to call ahead for special orders, in your choice of color or container, and we will have them waiting for you.