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The National Flower

By Edith Schoell, State Historian

  OCTOBER 2007 -- In looking over past proceedings of the National Grange, I came across an interesting item submitted by the Citizenship and Public Affairs Committee in 1983.  It was entitled, “National Flower.”
WHEREAS, the United States still remains without a national flower or floral emblem, let us continue the campaign of the late Senator Dirkson, to designate the marigold as our national flower (Spain’s Cortez found the marigold in 1512 on his sojourn to the American continent and sent feed back to his homeland.  The Pilgrims brought seeds back to our shores not knowing from where the flower came, because they were an important part of the herb garden,) and
WHEREAS, there is no country in the world that has the marigold as their national flower, therefore be it
RESOLVED that the National Grange favor the American marigold as our national flower.
Editor’s Note:  On September 23, 1986, the House of Representatives passed a joint resolution naming the ROSE as the “national floral emblem” of the United States.  The Senate had passed the resolution in 1985.  President Reagan who then signed Proclamation 5574:  The National Floral Emblem of the United States of America:  The Rose.

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