US (MI): Despite event cancellation, soldiers honored with roses

In honor of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, many people laid roses on grave sites at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Elisha Hodge and Bryan Mayes, owners of Plumeria Botanical Boutique in Battle Creek, led the 2020 Memorial Day Flowers event by bringing 500 roses to the cemetery.

“It can be quite emotional” said Hodge. “It’s very sentimental, peaceful, you just remember all of the service and sacrifice of the people here.”

This is the third year they’ve headed the Memorial Day Flowers event at Fort Custer, according to the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation's website.

In past years, they've raised money from members in the community, funding the use of more than 7,500 roses each of the last two years.

In 2020, however, all planned events at the cemetery were canceled due to COVID-19. They did not ask for any donations, and instead donated the roses themselves.

Read more at WWMT (Patrick Hagan)

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