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Pause to Remember on Memorial Day

May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember those that served this country and lost their lives. Most people think that Memorial Day is a three-day weekend with party and celebration with friends of family.

Do you really know the reason behind Memorial Day?

So as you enjoy the Indianapolis 500, BBQ picnics with friends and the official launch of summer, take a moment to remember the reason for the day. To remember those that served our country. So at three o’clock tomorrow, take a moment and pause and pay tribute to those that died in service of our freedom.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

“Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 200705-28). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.”

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