Sister Honors Fallen Brother by Helping Place 300,000 Flowers at Arlington

Ami Neiberger honors her brother, US Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, killed in Baghdad in 2008, by volunteering with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation. This Memorial Day, she'll help distribute 300,000 flowers to 5,000 volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Sister Honors Fallen Brother by Helping Place 300,000 Flowers at Arlington

Sister Honors Fallen Brother by Helping Place 300,000 Flowers at Arlington

Ami Neiberger, 53, of Virginia, will honor her brother, U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, this Memorial day by helping distribute 300,000 flowers to 5,000 volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery. Christopher was killed in Baghdad in 2008 at the age of 22. A patriotic Eagle Scout, he enlisted in the Army after two years at Florida State University, inspired by the 9/11 terror attacks.

Why this matters: This story highlights the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families, serving as a poignant reminder of the human cost of war. It also underscores the importance of honoring and remembering those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Ami's annual tradition is to visit Christopher's grave in Section 60 of Arlington, where many service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. She spreads out a blanket and lays down next to him. "We all miss you and are so proud," Ami told her brother through tears.

In 2008, Ami attended her first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington, where she met other bereaved Gold Star family members. She spent 7 hours at the cemetery that day, joining hands with other families and sharing stories about their loved ones. "I feel so much less alone," Ami thought after the experience. Her family has continued to grow close with others in Section 60, reuniting each Memorial Day to share memories and catch up on each other's lives.

In 2014, Ami was touched when a volunteer from The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation gave her a flower for Christopher's grave. She decided to volunteer with the nonprofit group, which honors fallen service members by placing flowers on their graves. This year, Ami will help the foundation distribute hundreds of thousands of flowers to thousands of volunteers at Arlington.

"To have other people recognize him and the other fallen heroes means so much to me," says Ami. "It shows that America cares, that it honors the service and sacrifice that the military makes." Through her volunteer work with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, Ami Neiberger ensures that her brother Christopher and all those laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery are remembered and honored for their ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day and beyond.

Key Takeaways

  • Ami Neiberger honors her brother, US Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, killed in Baghdad in 2008.
  • Ami helps distribute 300,000 flowers at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
  • Christopher was a 22-year-old patriotic Eagle Scout who enlisted after 9/11.
  • Ami's annual tradition is to visit Christopher's grave in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Ami volunteers with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to honor fallen service members.