The Sunflower is my absolute favourite flower.
They bring a smile to my face. Their beauty brings me joy.
I love nothing more than to fill a vase with freshly cut Sunflowers in my home.
They emit a positive energy and add warmth to any room.
When I smell the scent from a Sunflower I breathe in a sense of comfort and ease.
Sunflowers symbolize unwavering convictions and unconditional love.
When I am surrounded by Sunflowers I feel resilient and unbreakable.
For everything that a Sunflower symbolizes it seems only fitting that they are considered to be the National Flower of Ukraine with their tall stalky stature and big yellow petals they bring with them a message of strength as they radiate off the sun.
In 1996 when Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons in favour of world peace, Sunflower seeds were instead planted at the missle base to signify hope and peace for generations to come.
A few days ago a brave Ukrainian woman offered an armed Russian soldier a handful of Sunflower seeds and told him to place them in his pocket so that when he dies on Ukraine soil at least Sunflowers will continue to bloom.
Sunflowers are warriors much like the people of Ukraine.
And just like Sunflowers which never stand alone, the world stands together in solidarity with Ukraine.
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