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(Department Secretary, Agency Director, Head)


On Monday, May 29, 2000, Memorial Day, America honors those men and women who gave their lives so that others could live in our democracy. This important day is being re-emphasized with a new Memorial Day tradition called "The National Moment of Remembrance."

The President and Members of Congress have joined together in support of the "National Moment of Remembrance" and encourage all Americans to participate in this very meaningful and nationally unifying act. The goal is that Americans everywhere will pause for one minute on Monday, May 29, at precisely 3:00 p.m. (local time) in silent reflection for those who died as a result of service to our nation. During this one minute of tribute, the "National Moment of Remembrance" recommends that all Americans signify their unity in this gesture by doing one or more of the following:
  • Placing the right hand over one's heart.
  • Listening to "Taps" during the Moment of Remembrance.
  • If in a vehicle, turn on the vehicle's headlights.
No matter where you are or what you are doing at 3:00 p.m. (local time) this Memorial Day, please participate in this "National Moment of Remembrance."

If you are organizing traditional Memorial Day tributes prior to 3 p.m. please remind your audience of the "National Moment of Remembrance."

Of course, a critical role is to inform your staff and fellow workers about the "National Moment of Remembrance." Let's ensure that Americans around the world know they can join together on Memorial Day in 60 unifying seconds to remember the true meaning of national service and sacrifice.

Thank you for helping put the "memorial" back into Memorial Day.

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