Happy Memorial Day.
I’m grateful for the great feedback we have already received on Facebook and elsewhere, regarding the poignant and powerful Memorial Day message from our President, sent out right before the weekend (if you did not receive the email, find it here).
Now we’d like to know, where will you be at 3pm today and what will you be doing?
Why do I ask?
Well, the National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.
Here is how this special moment evolved:
On Memorial Day, 1997 Taps” was played at 3:00 PM 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. In 2000, then-president Bill Clinton signed the `National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance to remember and honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.
There are various organizations who participate in this moment of silence: all Major League Baseball games halt, Amtrak train whistles sound across the country, and hundreds of other nationwide participants remind Americans to pause for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance – some of which include:
- Empire State Building
- National Grocers Association
- Statue of Liberty
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- Liberty Bell
So, today at 3:00 PM take a minute to remember America’s fallen and their families. During this Moment, 200 Amtrak trains will blast their whistles, approximately 500,000 Major League Baseball fans are joined in silence, and countless other participants make a vow to remember
Will you help us honor their call?