23 May 2011

Soldiers’ Angels calls on Americans to actively observe Memorial Day

Soldiers’ Angels calls on all Americans to actively observe Memorial Day this May 30 by participating in an official Moment of Remembrance or undertaking other acts in honor of the over 1.3 million service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Established by Congress, National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to pause in an act of remembrance for one minute on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time. The Moment can be as informal as ringing a bell, a moment of silence, a prayer or singing at a concert, etc.

Additional acts of Memorial Day remembrance can include the following:

  • Visit a local VA hospital to learn the stories of patients’ fellow soldiers who never came home
  • Use blogs, Facebook or other online resources tell the stories of family members who died in service to the country
  • Read the names of fallen heroes on websites such as Honor the Fallen.
  • Throw a care package party or write letters of encouragement for a hard-hit unit or the Mortuary Affairs units that care for America’s fallen heroes (for info, email events@soldiersangels.org)
  • Visit a local military cemetery or memorial to stand in quiet solidarity with those who have lost their brothers and sisters in arms on the battlefield
  • Attend a local parade
  • Fly the American flag (at half-staff until noon and then full height until dusk, if possible)
  • Use Angels Mail to tell your story of a fallen hero (send it to angels@soldiersangels.org and we will post it for you)
  • With conscious awareness of those who have made our safety possible, enjoy a weekend vacation or celebration in “the land of the free because of the brave”

Please make a commitment to observe the National Moment of Remembrance and other Memorial Day activities. This is a time to come together in honor of those who have given their lives so that we may continue to live free. In this shared remembrance and shared activities, we connect in gratitude as one America.

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