In biblical times, the Dogwood tree was the  size of the mighty Oak tree. So strong that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. The Dogwood tree was greatly saddened and distressed by this, therefore, Christ took gentle pity on the tree. From that point on it would never grow large enough to be used as a cross, its blossom would form the shape of a cross and be among the first to bloom in the spring. At the outer edge of each petal there would be nail prints, in the center of the flower the shape of a crown of thorns, all symbolizing dedication, total commitment and hope. Today the Dogwood tree is one of the best-loved trees in America. To us at Busch Funeral & Crematory Services, this beautiful dogwood tree blossom represents the genuine peace of mind we provide to those we serve in our community.

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