An American tradition begins...
|Memorial Day, May 29, 2000
|National Moment of Remembrance to reclaim Memorial Day as the
noble and sacred event it was intended, to honor those who died in service to
|3:00 p.m. (Local Time) Duration: 1 minute
|Wherever they happen to be, all Americans, whether alone or
with others, are encouraged to take a moment and participate.
|To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment
of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment
of silence or listening to "Taps".
|To demonstrate gratitude to those who died for our freedom.
To remind all Americans of the importance of remembering those
who sacrificed for our freedom.
To provide U.S. citizens in America and throughout the world
with the opportunity to join in this symbolic act of unity.
To make Memorial Day relevant especially too younger
|Groups and/or individuals, from major corporations to
neighborhoods, are encouraged to form a citizens corps or a "Memorial Alliance"
to help all 275 million Americans observe the National Moment of Remembrance.
| In May 1996, the idea of the Moment was born when
children touring Lafayette Park in Washington, DC were asked what Memorial Day
meant and they responded, "That's the day the pools open!"
May 1997 saw the start of what is becoming an American
tradition recognized by the President and Members of Congress -- to put the
"memorial" back in Memorial Day. It was initiated by No Greater Love, a
Washington, DC-based national humanitarian organization. For the first time in
U.S. history, on Memorial Day 1997 "Taps" was played at 3 p.m. in many
locations and at events throughout America. This effort was repeated again in
1998 and 1999. This simple, dignified form of remembrance introduces a solemn
annual moment into our citizen's lives.
3:00 p.m. was chosen because it is a time of day when most
Americans are likely making the most of the freedoms we
|Carmella LaSpada, Events Coordinator for "National Moment of