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'National Moment of Remembrance' Monday 3 p.m.

Posted: May 21, 2009 5:31 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2009 5:19 p.m.
 
Pittsburgh, PA - Memorial Day is right around the corner. You're probably looking forward to a great holiday weekend - maybe a small get-away, a picnic, parade, the opening of the community pool or just the day off from work so that you can plant your summer garden or get that overstuffed garaged cleaned out. And, Memorial Day tells us that summer is almost here with all of its pleasantries and treasures.

But Memorial Day isn't just about telling what's to come - it's also about asking what has been. And in this asking, we are urged to reverently recall our fallen service members and not to forget the countless sacrifices made on behalf of all Americans since the Revolutionary War to present.

Indeed, this is a somber moment of tribute, honor and remembrance; but, it is also a moment of tremendous pride, joy and gratitude, to know that these men and women believed so fervently in our nation and its promises of freedom, liberty and justice, that they offered up their lives to give us this priceless gift.

To take the present to remember the past demonstrates our common heritage and reveals the strength and fortitude of our ongoing commitment to America's democracy: of the people, for the people, by the people. We are the custodians of their gift to us. It is fitting and proper that we share this moment with our children so that we, and future generations, remain connected to the benefactors that bestowed these privileges upon us.

The National Moment of Remembrance (remember.gov) is at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

It urges you to set aside a quiet moment of reflection so that "no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." (Maj. General John A. Logan, http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/)

So, in the spirit of unity and remembrance, The Military Family Network (militaryfamilynetwork.com) is asking you to set your cell phone alarm to 3 p.m. local time to join America in honoring her deceased defenders, their widows and children; today's service members providing security and protection to America, and their families who love and support them with unyielding devotion at great costs to themselves.

This is what Memorial Day asks of you.

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