Red Carnation Day at the Ohio Statehouse
January 29, 2014
7:00 AM -
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
Dayton, Ohio, native Lewis G. Reynolds founded the Carnation League of America in 1903. The League
encouraged all Americans to wear a red carnation on William McKinley’s
birthday, January 29. President William McKinley was assassinated at the
Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo two years prior. McKinley’s favorite flower
was said to be the carnation. The observance will include an exhibit on
the history of Carnation Day and the life and legacy of Ohio Governor and
President William McKinley.
The Statehouse will also offer special discounts throughout
the day in the Museum Shop and Capitol Cafe for individuals wearing a red
carnation or dressed in scarlet.