In May of 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, instituted the first day to remember U.S. fallen soldiers. Fittingly, the holiday’s beginning included flowers as an intrinsic part of the remembrance. Originally naming it Decoration Day, the General declared that the 30th of May would be set aside “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.”
Celebrated in honor of both Confederate and Union soldiers of the Civil War, the first Decoration Day included 5,000 participants who decorated over 20,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Interestingly, the southern states did not celebrate the day until after World War I, when it was changed to honor the fallen of all wars, not only the Civil War. The tradition of recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of our fallen military personnel continues today, and Ah Sam Florist proudly offers several floral selections to honor your heroes.
Although the red poppy is the official flower of Memorial Day, as inspired by a poem by Moina Michael, there are many patriotic ways to decorate your loved ones memorials with flowers. Ah Sam Florist offers a traditional Patriotic Wreath which will be a beautiful tribute. You might also consider our striking Red Rose Garden Cross or the simply elegant Serenity Wreath. Perhaps you would like assistance in creating a personalized floral arrangement that has special meaning to you; if so, we are here to help.
Whatever your choice, you can be assured that Ah Sam Florist of San Mateo will treat your tribute with as much love and respect as it deserves. We join you this Memorial Day in gratitude to all who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, across the Bay area and beyond.