The development of this rose began in 1935 by a man named Francis Meilland in France. His intuition of the invasion of France by German troops prompted him to send cuttings of his prodigy rose to several friends in various parts of the world in an effort to protect his work. Throughout the duration of the war, these friends separately worked to propagate the flower; each bestowing their flower with different names according to their own perceptions. As World War II dragged on, the liberation of France was achieved much to the efforts and strategy authored by Alan Brooke. A grateful Meilland wrote to this Field Marshall and requested that Mr. Brooke allow the lovely rose to be named after him. A humble Brooke declined, saying that the name Peace would be a much more enduring name for the bloom.
The name was quickly embraced, and was pronounced to be its trade name by the United States in April of 1945. The announcement coincided with the fall of Berlin; an event which became known to be the end of World War II.
Gifts of these roses were awarded to each delegation of the first meeting of the United Nations later that year, accompanied by the following note:
We hope that the Peace rose will influence men's thoughts for everlasting world peace. Grows to 3-4ft high
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