Flowers can be used to send many messages to our friends and loved ones. An important sentiment that we shouldn’t overlook is appreciation for members of the armed services.
In the United States, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. This holiday reminds us of those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.
We also observe Veterans’ Day on November 11. This corresponds with Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in other parts of the world, marking the end of the first World War. Veterans’ Day gives us an opportunity to thank all of those who have served their nation.
We often see people wearing red poppies in their lapel on patriotic holidays. This is because red poppies have been symbolic of remembrance since World War One.
While much destruction was caused by the war in Europe, red poppies began to grow spontaneously in the rubble. It is thought that the poppies thrived on the lime from the wreckage of damaged buildings. It should be noted that the red color of the poppy should not be used to represent blood.
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In the US we often see a combination of red, white, and blue flowers to celebrate patriotic holidays. Reflecting the colors of the American flag, these flowers are appropriate to express our appreciation to veterans and to those who are currently serving.
Red flowers are often used to convey courage and admiration. They also signify respect for the recipient. Red flowers can show passion, but it doesn’t only have to be romantic. Red can express a passion for service and justice as well.
White flowers are symbolic of purity and innocence. They also represent honesty and humility. This reflects the principles and ideals that our servicemembers are defending.
The color blue or indigo represents loyalty, a common trait found in our service men and women. Blue flowers are also appropriate to give to first responders.
While many people think that blue flowers are rare, there are several options that are available at a well-stocked florist. Examples of indigo and blue blossoms include hydrangeas, irises, and delphinium. Cornflowers and some types of violets also have a blue hue.
Flowers are a small but meaningful gesture to express our appreciation to those who serve. Whether it’s a holiday or not, please take the opportunity to thank a veteran for their service. They have risked their own safety so that we may enjoy a better way of life.