Monday, May 30, 2011
In Remembrance of Memorial Day
NEW YORK, NY – On Memorial Day it is easy for many to get lost amongst the one-day sales, traffic jams, barbecues and trips to the beach. These events have come to encompass Memorial Day for many across the nation, as the seductive allure of a long weekend away from the office takes hold and plans for parties take precedence. As with most Memorial Days, flags will be flown while friends and families come together to celebrate this national holiday. But rarely will you see amongst the jovial celebrations, true solemn remembrance for the individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this nation.
Celebrating precious moments with family and friends in many ways does honor those who can no longer be with us, as it is the hope of every man and woman who has ever served that their sacrifices will allow for every American to enjoy the freedoms and prosperity all mankind should be so fortunate to have. Yet, for the profound contribution to securing our Nation's freedom, they and their families should be especially honored on Memorial Day.*
So as we take the time to enjoy Memorial Day, let us take a moment to solemnly remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we so readily enjoy by pausing for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day in a symbolic act of unity.
The National Moment of Remembrance Act (S. 3181)recognizes in law a commemoration begun on Memorial Day in May 1997, when "Taps" was played at 3:00 p.m. on many radio and television stations across the Nation as Americans paused to remember the men and women who have lost their lives in service to our country.
*Excerpt from statement of William J. Clinton on signing the National Moment of Remembrance Act on December 28th, 2000.
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