The Memorial Day Foundation’s mission is to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day. We are trying to fulfill our mission by involving the public in our historical and traditional ways of remembering Memorial Day. One of these traditional ways is with flowers. The gift of flowers at a memorial site is a ritual that occurs around the world in every culture. As you probably know our own Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, when on the 30th of May Americans would decorate the graves of Civil War Veterans with flowers. We have designed a beautiful and dignified Thank You floral bouquet of artificial flowers. The floral sleeve is appropriately flag draped in red, white and blue with a specially designed label evoking past Memorial Days. It pays tribute to those who fought and died for us; it explains the origins of Memorial Day and includes a beautiful and moving poem in their honor. The Foundation would like to give the public an opportunity to remember and honor the nation’s war heroes, by placing these bouquets at the Nations War Memorials during Memorial Day Weekend even if they are unable to visit Washington D.C. We will be using stems of artificial red roses in the bouquet. The tradition of red flowers as a symbol of the blood that was shed for our freedom and liberty goes back to the Civil War. Red roses are also the universal symbol of love.