Flowers to Tribute Fallen Soldiers at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery


November 10, 2009 – This Veterans Day, November 11th, a collaboration of local organizations will unite to honor roughly 20,000 veterans and their families at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. With volunteers estimated in the hundreds, every gravesite will be decorated with a bouquet of flowers in admiration of the sacrifices made by the members of our Armed Forces.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the 200th birthday of America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. In honor of this, Flowers for Heroes has teamed up other organizations including the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run to make this Veterans Day something to remember.


A special Gold Star Family hour will take place at 8:00am where the families of those buried at ALNC will be presented special bouquets they can place on the resting place of their loved ones. Following the placing of the bouquets, there will be a special Veterans Day Ceremony featuring an aircraft fly-over and special guests including IL Gov. Pat Quinn.

The success of this event rests in the hands of the people and businesses in our community. Supporters can go to and sponsor a patriotic bouquet in the name someone who is currently serving or has previously served in our nation’s Armed Forces. For $4, a bouquet of flowers will be placed on the resting place of another great American Hero at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

“This is a very special day for every American as we honor our most patriotic citizens,” said Jerry Cizek, the Director of Operations at Flowers for Heroes. “We are thrilled to be able to bring together numerous military and veteran organizations at this special celebration for our Veterans.”

Flowers for Heroes is a nonprofit organization that has been working on these types of events all across the nation. At the group’s most recent event this past Independence Day, over 5,000 bouquets were placed at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For additional information about the Flowers for Heroes organization, upcoming events, or ways to become involved, contact Jerry Cizek at (877) 923-2769 or visit

About Flowers for Heroes

Flowers for Heroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring our fallen soldiers and providing assistance to the families left behind. Through various fund-raising events, donations, and sponsors; Flowers for Heroes will be able to place bouquets of flowers on every grave of every soldier at various military cemeteries around the world.

Proceeds are presented to selected foundations that support our nation’s GOLD STAR FAMILIES. These families have given the ultimate sacrifice: a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a grandfather, a grandmother. These are the families that have received the GOLD STAR.


Jerry Cizek, Director of Operations

Flowers for Heroes

(877) 923-2769


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