25 May 5 Ways to Honor Loved Ones On Your Wedding Day
Today we honor and celebrate the memories of those who served our great country. Perhaps your father, brother, sister, grandfather, mother, uncle, or another close family member or friend fought for our country and lost their life doing so. Here are 5 ways to honor your loved one on your wedding day:
1. Add a locket with a photo of your loved one to your bouquet or boutonniere.
2. Save a special seat for your loved one. You can even personalize it with one of their favorite things.
3. Create a “Wall of Fame” including pictures of all of your loved ones.
4. Place framed photos on a tree.
5. Carry a bouquet of red poppies for the memory of a loved one who served and lost their life fighting for our country.
Did you know the significance of red poppies on Memorial Day? Here’s a short history lesson from USMemorialDay.org.
“In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.
Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.”
I hope this article is helpful for you in deciding on which ways to incorporate your lost loved one into your wedding day. Leave a comment below telling us which idea you love the most.
If you’ve had a wedding that you incorporated your lost loved one into, leave a comment below explaining how you did it.