Local florist hands out over 2000 roses on Memorial Day
This time around, owner Sylvia Bushey and her friends handed out over 2000 roses to those in attendance who traveled from near and far away to honor loved ones on the holiday
“Each year, we provide complimentary roses for the Memorial Day Ceremony so family members can place them on graves of fallen soldiers,” Sylvia said. “Being from a military background, this is very close to my heart.”
And being a military town, were glad they step up to do this as well.
In their fifth year of handing out free roses, it’s another nice story of Beaufortonians getting together and doing something kind for others in our Beaufort community.
Her volunteer crew proudly included Rebecca Bass, Traci Guldner, Anita Cyr Marcinkowsk, John and Amy Kraft, the Kramber Family, Mr. and Mrs Turvosky and sons, Sam & Laura Ludlum, Dan Koehler, Heather & Abigal Bledsoe, Liz Haussmann; all getting together to help honor our local heroes.
“I couldn’t do it without all the help. I’ so thankful to them. We start at 9am and go until all of the flowers are handed out, ” she added.
The roses were donated by memorialdayflowers.org
“That’s the organization that donates all the flowers for all the national cemeteries,” Sylvia said. “After learning that I’ve been doing this for the last four years on my own, they stepped up, “The idea is to get people to go to the site and sponsor buckets of roses, like wreaths across America, so that eventually we can have a rose on all 20,000 grave sites at Beaufort National Cemetery.
More than a thousand gathered on a beautiful day to remember our fallen heroes at the event sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and local Veteran Service Organizations.
Huge thanks to Rebecca Bass for the photos.