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Thank You Ocean View Flowers

Thanks to CalFlowers member Ocean View Flowers hundreds of members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) were able to take a donated bouquet of larkspur with them to Arlington National Cemetery over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend.  TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.  Thanks to CalFlowers member, Ocean View Flowers, 500 hundreds TAPS members  were not going to visited their fallen soldiers empty handed.  The family members were simply disbelieving that the bouquets were there as a gift.  Many would ask:  "well much do I owe you", as they reached for money.  We simply said:  "you already paid -- this is our small way of saying thank you."  Damn!  Not a dry eye for 20 feet...

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remembering marine lcpl andrew patten

Victor and Gayle Naschansky of Florida express their gratitude for Ocean View's donation of larkspur bouquets for members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) on Saturday, May 23, 2015 as they make their way to Arlington National Cemetery to remember Gayle's son Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Patten.  Corporal Patten was killed on December 1, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their base on the edge of Fallujah.  TAPS is an impressive program to help those loosing loved ones in the military.  On Saturday morning there were hundreds of TAPS members, volunteers - and especially impressive were the number of mentor volunteers who work with the children who have lost parents to military service.

CalFlowers to Sponsor Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to Honor Service Members Across the U.S.

This year, for the first time, CalFlowers will join other floral industry providers and organizations in supporting the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (

The foundation started in 2011 to “…show appreciation for our country and to honor those who have served…” with executives at four flower industry companies who distributed 10,000 roses at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).

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