GROTON -- Every Memorial Day, many members of the community visit local cemeteries to pay their respects to those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

This Memorial Day, the Country Florist Flower Shop will participate in the nationwide Memorial Day Flowers program and set up a stand at Groton Cemetery and Pepperell Cemetery to give out roses to visitors. Each visitor will receive one or two roses to place on a headstone to honor someone who served or to keep in memory of a loved one, as a Memorial Day floral tribute, on Monday, May 27.

The Country Florist Flower Shop often supports various good causes; however, this one is special and the owners feel that they are privileged to participate in honoring the people and families that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Flowers are a form of emotional expression and a single stem placed on a headstone is an appropriate show of respect.

Just before the Memorial Day holiday arrives, the Rosaprima flower company will be donating 400 roses to the Country Florist. Owners Lisa and Melinda Wilkins have lined up volunteers who will come in to de-thorn the roses, put them in water tubes and organize the booths in both towns, Pepperell and Groton. Additional volunteers will hand the roses out on Memorial Day morning.

For information regarding this nationwide program, contact the Country Florist Flower Shop at 978-433-8974 or visit MemorialDayFlowers.org.

The Memorial Day Flowers organization firmly believes: "The men and women that serve our country spend months or years away from loved ones, friends and family. Unfortunately, too many of them never return home to their families. We come together on Memorial Day to remember them, their sacrifice, and recognize those who have been left behind to carry on without them."