An American flag waves in the background moving
side to side by a gentle breeze. A gust of wind stirs up a mixture of dust and
chalk. In the bleachers a mother and father beam with pride as their little boy
stands with his hat over his heart. The "Star Spangled Banner" plays through
the loudspeakers and when it fades away you hear the familiar call..."Play
Ball." This is a typical day all over America as Little Leaguers begin their
season and little boys and girls hit the winning home run or make the
game-saving catch on a field of dreams.
Flash now to an open grassy area in a park. The lush grass
provides a cushion on which you sit. The wind blows just enough to cool you
off, but not enough to drive away the warmth of the sun. During this time you
read a book or play catch with your dog. Do you ever stop and reflect on the
price that was paid for you to enjoy this freedom?
It is important that we take time out to remember what allows
us to enjoy these pleasures. Freedom is not free and should not be taken for
granted. As Memorial Day nears there is a nationwide effort called the
"National Moment of Remembrance." On May 29 at 3:00 p.m. (local time) we
are asking all Americans to pause for one minute in silent tribute to those who
have given their lives in the service of their country.
The key is awareness. Tell your family, tell your children,
and tell your friends. The uniqueness of the "National Moment of
Remembrance" is that it is designed to involve all Americans, however and
wherever they are spending America's sacred holiday. Your participation is
critical to the success of the effort.
There are several different ways for you to become involved.
Listed below are some suggestions.
- Fly an American flag.
- Participate in Memorial Day events. Call your state or
local communities to find out what Memorial Day events are being held in your
- Take time wherever you are to pause for one minute at 3:00
p.m. local time on May 29th. If you are driving turn on your lights.
- Explain to children the importance of Memorial Day and the
significance of pausing to reflect on those who died in service to their
- Visit the "National Moment of Remembrance" web site