Carnations – a gift to the community from Royal Oak Burial Park for Mother’s Day remembrance

For the 3rd year Royal Oak Burial Park will be giving out 500 free carnations on Mother’s Day, the flower has been associated with Mother’s Day since the holiday’s inception in the early 20th century.

“We are delighted to continue with this new tradition at Royal Oak Burial Park, giving away carnations as a way to publicly acknowledge the role of mothers and to honour their contributions whether they have passed away or continue to make a difference in our lives,” says Crystabelle Fobler, Executive Director of Royal Oak Burial Park. “As we have done for the past three years, we will have white carnations for mothers who have passed away and pink carnations signifying gratitude for mothers still with us”.

The carnations will be available at the entrance to Royal Oak Burial Park from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday May, 12. The white flowers can be placed on a mother’s grave at the Burial Park or placed in a location that was special to Mom and the pink flowers can be given to a special Mom who is still with us.

“We are celebrating all mothers; step-mothers, grand-mothers, mothers-in-law, guardians, foster- mothers, friends who have been like mothers, and fathers who have taken on a mother’s role”, added Fobler.

American Anna Jarvis was one of the forces behind Mother’s Day, and she’s believed to have started the tradition of wearing a pink carnation to show love for your mother, or a white one to honour your mother if she has passed away. (White carnations were the favourite flower of Jarvis’s mother.) Mother’s Day is an American tradition first introduced by American poet and activist Julia Ward Howe (she wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic) in 1870 in the hope that the tribute to mothers may extend a moment of peace to the country that was distraught by the thousands of lives lost in the Civil War. Howe asked leaders to confirm an official Mother’s Day proclamation, and while many municipalities embraced the idea, the United States Government didn’t officially mark the day until 1908. By 1911, many Canadian provinces began celebrating Mother’s Day.

Royal Oak Burial Park is the only not-for-profit, community-owned Burial Park in Greater Victoria. The 134 acre facility is operated by the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria. The Board was created in 1922 to develop, operate and maintain the cemetery on behalf of the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich.

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