Memorial Day

Tulsa, Oklahoma- This Memorial Day weekend marks the 40th Annual Floral Haven Cemetery Avenue of Flags. Since 1972, volunteers have gathered to place flags on each veteran’s tombstone in addition to nearly 3000 full size donated veterans’ casket flags around the entire premises.
Floral Haven has a long history of honoring war veterans. The cemetery features Veterans Gardens and a specific veterans’ Field of Honor in recognition of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. There is a Shrine of Freedom dedicated to the men and women who have served our country, which includes bronze plaques representing each branch of service and memorials provided by the Veteran’s Administration. Some veterans buried at Floral Haven are honored with bronze plaques honoring their service. Veterans Gardens also include bronze copies of the Medal of Honor Citations and other historical bronze tributes and memorials, such as a Pearl Harbor memorial and tribute to current servicemen and women.
Volunteer groups, Boy Scouts of America, Floral Haven staff and others have assembled throughout the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend in order to place flags on each veteran’s grave, and begin lining cemetery pathways with the thousands of donated casket flags the cemetery has received for this event throughout the years.
Many activities are planned for the Avenue of Flags event. A banner will be available for cemetery visitors to sign and write a message to troops who are currently serving overseas. The banner will then be given to the National Guard of Oklahoma to be displayed in war zones. Visitors also have the opportunity to donate a box of necessary items which will be sent to troops by the Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers. A reading of honor roll will take place throughout the day Saturday, in which the names of all veterans buried at Floral Haven in the last year will be announced throughout the Veterans Field.
In years past, Floral Haven has planned special programs to take place during the course of the weekend for the Avenue of Flags event. Events in the past include a Salute to Women in Military Service, the display of the moving version of the Vietnam wall, and ceremonies which honored the soldiers of the Korean War and Pearl Harbor survivors.
This year, Floral Haven has arranged a full reenactment of the guarding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Members of the Starbase Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will reenact the changing of the guard ceremony at a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The guards will be performing the ceremony 24 hours a day beginning on Saturday.
Floral haven will also be distributing special edition commemorative pins in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Avenue of Flags event at information tents throughout the premises.
The cemetery will also be recognizing the National minute of silence at 3:00 on Monday afternoon, in honor of those who have given their lives, those who have served and those who are still serving in the armed forces.

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