In just about a week’s time, our nation will take a day to look toward why our nation is free. If not for the men and women that offer their own lives for our freedom, we may not have the opportunities that we, as Americans, are offered.
One local business organization in particular is very grateful for the sacrifice that our service members offer to us. They are looking to publicly make this statement by distributing 250 FREE Memorial Day long-stemmed roses to the local Naperville residents in order to commemorate our fallen veterans.
Two Bostons Pet Boutique, a leading area pet care and wellness resource center carrying specially‐selected dog and cat foods, products, and supplements at each of its Naperville locations (125 per location), will host this community event on Memorial Day Weekend. Because this is simply a way to honor local fallen heroes, there is no purchase obligation of any kind.
“Anyone who’d like to honor a fallen veteran is invited to visit either of our Naperville stores on Saturday, May 24th or Sunday, May 25th for a free long‐stemmed rose,” explains owner AdreAnne Tesene. “There’s no obligation of any kind – this is simply a reminder of the true reason we observe this national holiday. The rose may be placed on the gravesite of any fallen veteran at any local cemetery. It may also be placed at Naperville’s Fallen Soldier remembrance sculpture on the Riverwalk.”
Two Bostons (TB) is requesting that only one rose goes to each visitor please; a first-come, first-serve basis. Then, in addition to the 250 roses being distributed to the first store visitors that weekend, Two Bostons will also sending an additional 150 roses as a special remembrance to be placed on Arlington National Cemetery headstones! In order to ensure the success of their tribute commitment, TB is partnering with the non-profit organization Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (memorialdayflowers.org).
Ms. Tesene continues, “A top priority at Two Bostons is giving back to our surrounding community. Our local veterans have made immeasurable sacrifices to ensure national security and freedom. This is just one small way that we can help pay tribute to the local heroes who gave all.” The Naperville Riverwalk “Fallen Soldier” remembrance sculpture was unveiled in 2013. This bronze sculpture depicts a life‐sized replica of a soldier’s boots, rifle, and helmet. When a serviceman or woman is killed on the battlefield, it has become customary to arrange that individual’s boots, rifle, and helmet in this manner, also known as the Battlefield Cross. The sculpture is accompanied by a granite monument that includes a plaque listing the names of all Naperville military personnel who have died in service since the War of 1812. Funding for this public memorial was made possible by Naperville’s Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post #43.
So hurry in this coming Saturday or Sunday to either Two Bostons location; their downtown Jefferson Street or their Springbrook Mall 75th Street stores. Happy Memorial Day and thanks for honoring our fallen vets!