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National Moment of Remembrance
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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 free. 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.
Playing "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."

For those of you who 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 for you is the ability to inform your staff and fellow workers about the "National Moment of Remembrance." Let's ensure that every American around the world knows 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 "memorial" back into our nation's Memorial Day.

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