"The Constitution was framed upon the theory that the peoples of the several states must sink or swim together, and that in the long run prosperity and salvation are in union and not division." -- Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Since Memorial Day was officially recognized in 1868, people from all across the country in every city and town have gathered on Memorial Day to honor those who have died in service to their country. People from all walks of life come together to honor these men and women in their own personal ways. Some are relatives, some friends, others neighbors, but all are Americans.
They have stories to tell about lost loved ones. They have histories to pass along to younger generations about this country and the price that has been paid to ensure our freedom. It is important to listen and to record these histories.
That is why we are asking states and local government agencies across the nation to participate in the "National Moment of Remembrance." On May 29, at 3:00 p.m. (local time), all Americans are being asked to take one minute and honor those men and women who gave their lives so that we can live free.
There are several different ways that state and local government can get involved in this historic effort. Listed below is a guidebook that will assist you with suggestions.
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