Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day–a day we often acknowledge for the sales or the perfect weekend to take that vacation. We often forget what Memorial Day actually represents—a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country, our freedoms, and the promise of a greater future.

The many men and women who served in the battles of our country put the community above themselves, sacrificed their own pursuits for the prosperity of the country, and surrendered time with their families so our own sons and daughters could revel in the opportunity of today.

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 commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations of Memorial Day and 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.”

All of us at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County thank those who served, are serving, and who gave their lives for our country. And we honor the families who were left behind. Please join us in a minute of silence at 3pm today to remember the courageous and dedicated men and women of our armed forces.


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