In Victorian times, each flower communicated some sort of sentiment much like they do today. Sending someone a floral bouquet with the hope that they love it and want to display it in their home or workplace is the intention of most givers. Sending something fresh and colorful to a loved one or friend on a birthday, anniversary or holiday is a customary practice in many parts of the world particularly the United States.
Veterans Day honors ALL American Veterans, for their loyal service to their country. We at The Flower Factory would like to show our true appreciation to our American Soldiers with a detailed timeline of the events of The Great War from 1914-1919.
July 23 – Austria-Hungary makes demands on Serbia for retribution. Serbia does not meet demands.
July 28 – Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. Russia begins mobilizing its troops.
September 5 to 12 – The advancing German army is stopped before Paris by the British and French at the First Battle of the Marne. The Germans dig in and four years of trench warfare begins.
October 19 to November 22 – The Allies defeat the Germans at the First Battle of Ypres.
December 24 – An unofficial truce is declared between the two sides at Christmas.
February 4 – The Germans begin to use submarines against Allied merchant ships around the island of Britain.
April 22 – Poison gas first used by Germans in attack on Canadians at Ypres, Belgium. April 25 – The Allies attack the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Gallipoli. This campaign will last over eight months and will end as a victory for the Ottomans and the retreat of the Allies. May 7 – The Lusitania, a luxury British passenger ship, is sunk by a German submarine. 1,195 civilians were killed. This act sparks international outrage and contributes to the United States joining the war against Germany.
February 21 – The Battle of Verdun begins between France and Germany. This battle will last until December of 1916 and will finally result in a French victory. February 25 – Fort Douaumont falls to Germans in Verdun battle.
July 1 – The Battle of the Somme begins. Over 1 million soldiers will be wounded or killed.
January 19 – The British intercept the Zimmerman Telegram in which Germany tries to convince Mexico to join the war. This will result in the United States declaring war on Germany. March 8 – The Russian Revolution begins. Tsar Nicholas II is removed from power on March 15.
April 6 – The United States enters the war, declaring war on Germany.
January 8 – President Woodrow Wilson issues his “Fourteen Points” for peace and an end to the war. March 21 – Germany launches the Spring Offensive hoping to defeat the Allies before reinforcements from the United States can be deployed.
July 15 – The Second Battle of the Marne begins. This battle will end on August 6 as a decisive victory for the Allies. November 1 – Americans breakthrough German Defenses at Meuse. November 11 – Germany agrees to an armistice and the fighting comes to an end at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
June 28 – The Treaty of Versailles is signed by Germany and World War I comes to an end.
The Flower Factory wants to thank all of our servicemen who have served, or are currently serving honorably. We encourage all of our friends to take some time this November 11, to say ‘thank you’ to a soldier or veteran you may know or one that you might see. A simple ‘thank you for your service’ are actually five words they truly appreciate hearing.