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Memorial Day Wreaths

Updated on June 25, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY FORMERLY KNOWN AS DECORATION DAY

In 1866 the country was recovering from the long and horrific Civil War. As soldiers returned home, some maimed, with their stories of the War, Henry Walles in Waterloo, New York had an idea. Henry wanted all businesses to close for the day to honor the Civil War soldiers that didn't come home. On May 5th, the shops closed and flowers, wreaths and crosses were placed on the graves of the Northern soldiers. Around this same time, a retired Major General Logan planned a ceremony for the soldiers that survived the War. General Logan led the soldiers to the cemetery to decorate the fallen soldiers' graves with flags. This was a memorial to their comrades. The day became known as Decoration Day.

The name was changed to Memorial Day in 1882. It became a day to honor fallen soldiers both from past and recent wars. In 1971, President Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday. Over time, Memorial Day has become a day to remember not only military Americans but a day to honor all loved ones who have died.

Unfortunately, through the years, it has lost its true meaning. Most Americans wait for Memorial Day as another three day break from work. We all need to stop and reflect on the thousands of military lives lost to keep us free. Take some time this Memorial Day to place a wreath or flowers or flags on the grave site of a fallen soldier.

MEMORIAL DAY CROSS SHAPED WREATH

Patriotic Cross Wreath - 20"
Patriotic Cross Wreath - 20"

This MEMORIAL DAY WREATH is a beautiful way to pay tribute to the many fallen soldiers, men and women, who have kept our country free.

 

HONOR OUR SERVICE PERSONNEL EVERY DAY

Our armed forces are on duty 365 days - 24 hours a day - why do we need to wait for one special day to honor them? Let's give them the respect and encouragement they need to continue to protect our freedom.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY - IN VERSE AND PROSE

Memorial Day (Decoration Day) Its Celebration, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Vers
Memorial Day (Decoration Day) Its Celebration, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Vers

This book on MEMORIAL DAY is a great way to teach your children about the meaning of this day and maybe learn something new yourself!

 

TIPS FOR MAKING A WREATH

AMERICANA COUNTRY WREATH FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Americana "I Love America" Wreath - 18" Grapevine
Americana "I Love America" Wreath - 18" Grapevine

The gorgeous AMERICANA COUNTRY WREATH is made with red geraniums, white daisies and blue cornflowers and red and blue berries. The American flag shares center stage. The wreath may vary depending on the availability of the products used.

 

REMEMBER THE FALLEN WITH A WREATH

Wreaths are commonly used during Memorial Day celebrations. The circular shape of the wreath symbolizes eternity and immortality. Flowers often decorate the wreaths with patriotic colors. Ribbons of red, white and blue as well as flags frequently adorn wreaths. Regardless of the decorations on the wreath, this is a day that should honor the memories of the fallen soldiers. We know that so many have given their lives through the years in various wars. Taking a little time out of busy schedules for this remembrance is nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice made by the soldiers resting in the cemeteries. There will still be plenty of time for a picnic or cook-out.

CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH WINDOW LIT FLAG

American Usa Flag Silhouette Light July Window Decor
American Usa Flag Silhouette Light July Window Decor

This Window Flag is ideal for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Flag Day and any time you want to demonstrate your patriotism.

 

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Nicely done

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful and meaning Memorial Day Wreaths

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      jeffrey-r-carter 5 years ago

      Valuable information Memorial Day Special got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Remembering those who sacrificed for their country is an important thing to do whether we agree with war or not, or whether we won the war or not.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      God Bless all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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      wreathmaker 5 years ago

      @mihgasper: You are absolutely right!! The value should be placed on each life no matter where it was lived,.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      We should never forget victims of wars on both sides.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It's interesting how initially it was to commemorate Union soldiers who died, which I guess is a given considering they were fighting against the Southern side. I had no idea it was made a national holiday in the 60s/70s too. I agree too, we should honor military veterans everyday and not just one.