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Memorial Day Moment of Silence at 3pm Local Time
At 3:00, local time, this afternoon the nation is called on to pause for one-minute for a moment of silence to remember America’s fallen troops on this Memorial Day.
The national Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000.
It is intended to bring all Americans together to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
This morning, President Obama observed Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery where he paid tribute to America’s service members who died while defending our nation. He laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
President Barack Obama also gave a special salute this morning to Americans who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War, noting the upcoming 60th anniversary of the conflict’s end, and asked Americans to remember the troops’ work in Afghanistan as that war winds down. “Last Memorial Day, I stood here and spoke about how, for the first time in nine years, Americans were no longer fighting and dying in Iraq. Today, a transition is under way in Afghanistan, and our troops are coming home,” the president said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. “This time next year, we will mark the final Memorial Day of our war in Afghanistan.”
DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation; and his mother, Gayle, appeal to their family, friends and fans to join the nation in today’s Moment of Remembrance.
Furthermore, DeSean states, “We must remember our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice today; and, also those who answered the call to serve our nation, many of whom are younger in age than me. I see these young men and women at the airports each week when I travel being deployed or returning from deployment virtually unnoticed and silent. I am so proud and humbled by these members of the armed forces. I also visit the wounded warriors and amputees; and, the veterans who are homeless, unemployed and suffering from mental health issues. These are our heroes. We must remember them in our prayers also today; and, tomorrow do whatever we can as a nation and individuals to make their lives better.”