As lawmakers rose in the Capitol this week to share memories of their colleague Sen. John McCain, flowers played an important and prominent role in the healing. ABC News and People magazine were among many news outlets to note that the late senator’s desk was draped in black and topped with a vase of white roses.
Through McCain’s website, his family has also encouraged mourners to send flowers to local VA hospitals.
Public memorials that included flowers could also be seen this week in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Vietnam, where McCain was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war. McCain died Aug. 25. Memorials and services are being held this week in Arizona, Washington, D.C., and in Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy. Look for coverage of those services and how flowers helped the gathered celebrate the senator’s life next week.
Mary Westbrook is the editor in chief of Floral Management magazine.