Memorial Day is the time when we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The observance was begun after the Civil War as a time of remembrance and a day to decorate with flowers, the graves of those who have died in service to our country.
From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
“To ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: ‘It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.’”
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