Bringing Back the Original Meaning of Memorial Day: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Partners with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation

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Arlington, Va. – Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember our fallen troops and veterans. Efforts to place floral tributes around the country for the holiday just got a boost, thanks to a new partnership between the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

“It is an honor to partner with such a well-established organization that is developing our nation’s future leaders,” said Ramiro Penaherrera, co-founder of the Foundation. “They are joining our national movement to honor our fallen troops and helping us bring back the meaning of Memorial Day. We are delighted to have the Sea Cadets involved.”

As part of the partnership, participating U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps units nationwide will recruit sponsors for floral tributes being placed over Memorial Day Weekend at dozens of cemeteries around the country.

They can also help recruit sponsors for flowers to honor the 350,000 interred at Arlington National Cemetery. One of the Foundation’s major goals is to fully recognize all those interred at Arlington.

Many of the Sea Cadets and League Cadets will also participate in ceremonies honoring our fallen troops for Memorial Day, and be part of placing flowers at gravesites over Memorial Day Weekend.

“Our work honoring our fallen troops and veterans goes back to the original purpose of Memorial Day – which was known as Decoration Day when it began. People would bring flowers to decorate gravesites for our fallen in cemeteries. This new partnership honors our country’s legacy of service and sacrifice, while expanding efforts to honor the fallen over Memorial Day Weekend. We are pleased to have the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps involved.”

About the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation began in 2011 after U.S. citizens working in the floral industry wanted to do something to express their patriotism and profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by America’s military men and women. They began with placing 10,000 roses at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day in 2011. They continue to work with Arlington National Cemetery to place flowers annually for Memorial Day, and have expanded their efforts with the help of volunteers and local businesses to more than 40 cemeteries around the country. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States. More information is available at www.memorialdayflowers.org (http://www.memorialdayflowers.org) , Twittter @MemDayFlowers

About the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
The USNSCC is a national non-profit youth leadership development program for youth age ten through the completion of high school. The USNSCC believes in providing opportunities for young Americans that will positively shape their lives and career. For 55 years, through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers, the USNSCC has provided life-changing programs that have helped develop our next generation of leaders. As the official youth program of the U.S. Navy and U.S Coast Guard, the USNSCC has provided leadership training for more than 170,000 young Americans. For more information, visit the official website at www.seacadets.org (http://www.seacadets.org) .



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