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National Moment of Remembrance – Memorial Day 3pm May 26, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in freedom, military, news, politics, prayer.
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In his last radio address to the nation, Pres. Bush encouraged all citizens to remember the true purpose of the Memorial Day, which is to honor the sacrifices that make our freedom possible. The President plans to commemorate this Memorial Day by visiting Arlington National Cemetery where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The tomb is the final resting place of three brave American soldiers who lost their lives in combat. The names of these veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War are known only to God. But their valor is known to us all.

It is this valor that has preserved our sacred freedoms and our way of life. As the president pointed out, it was this valor that won our independence, ended slavery, defeated great totalitarian threats of the last century, and leads America valiant men and women to face the current totalitarian threat.

In a recent Baptist Press commentary, Henry Blackaby wrote,

“The Scriptures assure us in John 15:13 that there is no greater love “than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Our American heroes have laid down their lives in an act of ultimate sacrifice and love for their fellow comrades, their family and friends, and their country. To those and their families let us say in one accord, “God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love” (Hebrews 6:10a). And neither shall we!”

During his radio address, Pres. Bush made the following invitation to all Americans:

“This Memorial Day, I ask all Americans to honor the sacrifices of those who have served you and our country. One way to do so is by joining in a moment of remembrance that will be marked across our country at 3:00 p.m. local time. At that moment, Major League Baseball games will pause, the National Memorial Day parade will halt, Amtrak trains will blow their whistles, and buglers in military cemeteries will play Taps. You can participate by placing a flag at a veteran’s grave, taking your family to the battlefields where freedom was defended, or saying a silent prayer for all the Americans who were delivered out of the agony of war to meet their Creator. Their bravery has preserved the country we love so dearly.”

When Pres. Bush asked Americans to join him in observing a moment of remembrance, he was referring to the National Moment of Remembrance initiative instituted by Congress in 2000.

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.The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom. It will help to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble holiday it was meant to be. In this shared remembrance, we connect as Americans.

Why a moment of remembrance?

The idea for the Moment was born when children touring the Nation’s Capital were asked by the Commission’s Director what Memorial Day means. They responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.” A Gallup Poll revealed that only 28% of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday.

The White House Commission on Remembrance was established by Congress (PL 106-579) to promote the values of Memorial Day by acts of remembrance throughout the year. The major initiative of the Commission is the National Moment of Remembrance.



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