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National floral emblem of the U.S., the rose, is celebrated in month of June

June is National Rose Month and roses have long been symbols of love and beauty around the world. But did you know that over 30 years ago the rose was named the official flower and the national floral emblem of the United States? Prior to that, people had been lobbying to name the native marigold the national flower.

In 1985, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem and on Sept. 23, 1986, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a joint resolution naming the rose as the national floral emblem. The measure was sent to President Ronald Reagan and he signed the resolution into law during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 7, 1986.

Following is the actual wording of the resolution that President Ronald Reagan signed on Nov. 20, 1986.

“Proclamation No. 5574: The Rose Proclaimed the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America.

Proc. No. 5574. Nov. 20, 1986, 51 F.R. 42197, provided:

RED-ROSEOver 30 years ago the rose was named the official flower and the national floral emblem of the United States.Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.

We see proofs of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.

The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 159 [Pub.L. 99.449, Oct. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 1128, which enacted this section], has designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation declaring this fact.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.

RONALD REAGAN”

In addition to the national emblem, several U.S. states have also adopted the rose as an official state flower, including the Oklahoma rose in Oklahoma, the Cherokee rose in Georgia, the rose in New York, and the wild prairie rose in Iowa and North Dakota.