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National Moment of Remembrance

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 area.

  • 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 country.

  • Visit the "National Moment of Remembrance" web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/remembrance/index.html

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