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Many people march in parades on Memorial Day, and your family may visit a cemetery or a local war memorial to pay respects to a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans.
In 2000, the U.S. Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance,
to take place at 3:00 p.m. local time,
asking Americans to take a brief pause in their activities
to pay tribute to those who died in service to our country.
No matter how you choose to spend the day, be sure to take a moment to reflect on the reasons for it—and the sacrifices we honor in memoriam.
Loss: Amy Mixon kneels before the grave of her husband Kelly at Arlington National Cemetery.
He was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
This is what President Obama has to say when asking us to all stop and pause at 3pm:
“With courage and a love of country that knows no limits, America’s men and women in uniform exemplify patriotism at its core — stepping into harm’s way to protect our people and to safeguard the ideals that have long sustained our democracy. Those who serve under the stars and stripes embody the highest form of citizenship, and on Memorial Day, we pay solemn tribute to those brave Americans who laid down their lives to defend our freedom.” – U.S. President Barack Obama
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