Every Memorial Day, families and communities across the nation take time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Americans observe this special holiday in many different ways. My family attends a mass and then we go out to the cemetery for a military salute to recognize our local fallen soldiers.
On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon. In the morning, the flag should be raised momentarily to the top and then lowered to half-staff. Americans can also honor prisoners of war and those missing in action by flying the POW/MIA flag.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because communities honored their war dead by decorating their graves with flowers. Many Americans make special flower arrangements and deliver them as a family to grave sites of their loved ones and ancestors. Now almost everyone decorates their loved ones’ grave sites shortly before Memorial Day, so that when everyone comes to the cemetery it is decorated beautifully. We have several customers who have us arrange silk flowers in pots, vases and tombstone toppers on an annual basis. There are some who want fresh flowers in a vase or to simply lay by the headstone. We’ve had people call us from out of state to have us deliver flowers to the grave site for them. That can be a challenge because most people give us land marks or an approximate location. A cemetery map is available through the funeral home, and sometimes we need that. Every cemetery has different rules, as far as what is allowed. Some do not allow silk flowers; some do not allow anything placed on the ground, so we try to inform our customers about those rules. So no matter what our customers want, we can help them.
On behalf of me, my family, and my staff, we would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. I would also like to extend a special “Thank You” to all who have served and those who are currently serving our country.
Coborn’s Floral Manager
Sauk Rapids, MN
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