On May 3, 2000, President Bill Clinton released a memorandum from the White House regarding the National Moment of Remembrance.
“In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.
Accordingly, I hereby direct all executive departments and agencies, in consultation with the White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance (Program), to promote a “National Moment of Remembrance” to occur at 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day.”
I know you’ll be busy today. Most of you have the day off and I hope you’ll have a lovely day with family and friends. But maybe at 3:00, you’ll remember to say a prayer, or just a heartfelt thank-you.
It only takes a moment.
Cathy–Thanks for this post. It brought a lump to my throat…
Hope you enjoyed your day, Cath. Thanks matter. I always walk up to those in uniform and say, “Thank you for your service,” and shake their hand. They say, “You’re welcome,” or “Yes, ma’am,” and are surprised to receive a verbal thank you. I imagine it is something they don’t hear often enough, and it makes me feel good to see the pleasure in their eyes at the recognition.
Glad y’all stopped by! And yes, Lisa, we had a lovely but quiet day. 🙂