Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Did you know:
• More than 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery are adorned with American flags each Memorial Day.
• More than 42 million veterans have served the country in war time.
• Over 1.3 million members of the armed services have lost their lives in conflict.
Most of us will be celebrating the holiday by holding a backyard barbecue. In fact, statistics show that 75% of will be grilling that day. More than 1.5 million will be watching the National Memorial Day parade on TV.
But did you also know that according to a Gallup Poll, only 28% of Americans surveyed knew why Memorial Day is observed?
Some responded by saying it’s the official start of summer; others said it was the day beaches opened. Approximately 19% had no response at all.
So, here’s another fact I would like to share: In December 2000, the US Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. As an act of Unity, the National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
So, as you head out to the beach or fire up the grill, at 3 p.m. will you take a moment to pause, remember and share?