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  • Maddy Wyatt

Honoring Loved Ones: Exploring the Roots of Memorial Day Decorating and the Community's Preservation of the Practice.

Memorial Day originated on May 30th, 1868; at the time it was referred to as Decoration Day. It was first recognized by the National Cemetery Administration division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who had given their lives in the Civil War. Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971, marking it as the last Monday in the month of May. Over the years the holiday has adapted and become a time to honor all those who have passed, but still has a special focus on veterans. Some common Memorial Day practices include decorating graves with flowers, flags, and monument pieces as well has having family gatherings, and attending parades.



Martin's Floral and Home Decor is a family owned and operated local business that is proud to serve as the area's finest provider of memorial flowers. We have two stores that are open year-round, one in Springfield, MO & the other in Ozark, MO. During the memorial season we also open several pop-up outlet locations in Missouri & Arkansas. Additionally, we are proud to have our online marketplaces which allow us to help customers honor their loved ones nationwide!


Pictured above are a few of the memorial headstone saddles that Martin's Floral has to offer on our website. Each arrangement is handmade with care by our talented floral designers and shipped quickly & respectfully by our eCommerce team.


Our floral designers are available on-site in Springfield Monday-Friday and happy to help bring your vision to life if you would like something custom made.




If you are local to the Springfield, MO area, we also offer memorial delivery & set up packages as well! Just pick your arrangement, fill out the information to locate your loved one's gravesite, and check out. Our dedicated team will deliver the arrangements and decorate your loved one's monument for you.

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