CONKLYN’S FLORIST AND TELEFLORA HONOR LIVES LOST AT PENTAGON DURING 9/11 ATTACKS.
Conklyn’s Floral Designers Provide Floral Bouquets for Department of Defense Pentagon Memorial Unveiling.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 11, 2008) Conklyn's Florist and Teleflora, the world’s leading floral service offering only hand-arranged, hand-delivered floral arrangements by local Teleflora florists, announced their support and floral donations to the Department of Defense Pentagon Memorial. This anniversary brings the unveiling of a memorial to honor the lives lost at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. To help decorate the stage in an appropriate manor for this unique tribute, Conklyn's staff will design flower arrangements with flowers provided by Teleflora.
To help the healing process, Conklyn's Floral designers with gorgeous flowers from Teleflora, will decorate the stage at the Pentagon memorial dedication with thousands of white lilies, roses and carnations. “Teleflora honors all those who lost their lives during September 11, 2001 and the families devastated by this tragedy. We are honored to work with Conklyn’s as they provide arrangements for the Department of Defense memorial unveiling,” explains Shawn Weidman, president of Teleflora.
"Flowers are part of the healing process when it comes to any tragedy. By participating in the memorial dedication, we hope to foster and support the ongoing process of closure to all of the participants as well as to our staff," says Paul Brockway one of Conklyn's owners. "We have participated in memorial events every year since 2001. As part of the Pentagon community, pitching in and donating flowers helps us to remember how lucky we are to still be here."
Although the shop was not damaged in the attack on 9/11, Conklyn's Pentagon staff still recall the traumatic events that led to their evacuation from the building. "We lost many friends on 9/11 and it's still too hard for me to go back," says one of Conklyn's floral designers who has since transferred out of the building. "I lost 30 friends yet I was able to get out without a scratch."
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was taken hostage by terrorists and used to attack the Pentagon – one of the most recognized symbols of the United States' strength and power. One hundred eighty-four lives were lost at the Pentagon on that terrible day. They were men, women and children. They were mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons. They came from all walks of life – administrative assistants, doctors, educators, flight crew members, military leaders, scientists, and students. They came from towns and cities, large and small, across the United States and around the world. The youngest was only three, the oldest 71. Despite the differences that distinguish them, these innocent individuals are united through the horrific events that unfolded on one of the darkest days in America's history.
Conklyn's Florist is an industry leader, awarded a top 50 florist honor in the USA for the past 10 years in a row. This award is one of the most prestigious in the industry with over 36,000 florists competing. Conklyn's Florist was opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1938 with additional shops on King Street in Old Town Alexandria and a store in the Pentagon. Throughout its operation, Conklyn's Florist has always and continues to invest in the most advanced technology available to our industry.
Teleflora is the world’s leading floral service offering the best choice in floral arrangements and convenient local delivery. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has approximately 20,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. Teleflora offers industry-leading floral arrangements and gifts, technology, marketing and education services. Through its extensive member florists’ network, Web sites including www.teleflora.com and www.findaflorist.com, and its toll-free line 1-800-TELEFLORA, the company offers consumers fast, convenient and high-quality flowers and keepsake products.