The National Moment of Remembrance
Story Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
Along with other Americans, you are asked to spend a Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, Monday at 3 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.
"On this Memorial Day, in gratitude for our country's blessings, let each of us pause in a national moment of remembrance for America's sons and daughters who gave the last full measure of devotion -- to recall their hopes, their dreams, their valor. Let us be inspired by their selfless idealism and pledge ourselves anew to do our part to ensure the children of today and tomorrow will not have to share in their suffering and sacrifice," said ecretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, encouraging participation in the Memorial Day Moment of Remembrance, an act of national unity to honor America's fallen.
MacDill has been chosen by the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance to serve as an archetype base for the entire Department of Defense. The commission envisions all DoD installations following MacDill's example in future years.
Participation is voluntary and informal. You may observe in your own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever you are doing for a moment of silence or listening to "Taps." You may also organize the observance more formally at such places as your neighborhood, local pool, picnic grounds, etc., for one minute of remembrance. You may ring a bell to signify the beginning and the end of the Moment or tune in to a local radio station that is observing the Moment with the playing of "Taps."
For more information, go online to www.remember.gov.