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Military Family Network Urges America: "Sound the Alarm for Our Veterans!"

Megan Turak, Military Family Network Staff

Photo: Jenifer the intern by Luis Trevino, MFN Staff

Pittsburgh, Pa - 5-19-2009 Military Family Network urges America: “Set those Cell Phone Alarms for 3PM!” Join in America’s National Moment of Remembrance, 3PM Local Time on Memorial Day, May 25th, 2009

On Memorial Day, we honor those who, through their military service, have valiantly served our nation by sacrificing their lives for the protection of all Americans. Established after the Civil War and originally called "Decoration Day" by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, Memorial Day was meant to be "a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers."

Maj. General Logan writes:

  • What can aid more…than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, 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…
  • Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and to assist those whom they have left among us as a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude – the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

In the spirit of Maj. General Logan’s sincerest gratitude and his true and proper calling for us to honor and never forget our fallen service members, let us follow his exceptional leadership by joining the White House Commission on Remembrance commemorating this day by “promoting the spirit of unity and remembrance through observance of The National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day; Ensuring the nation remembers the sacrifices of America's fallen from the Revolutionary War to the present; and, Recognizing those who have served and those who continue to serve our great nation and reminding all Americans of our common heritage.”

On Memorial Day, then, set those cell phone alarms “at the time appointed” 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.”

So, whether watching a parade or enjoying a picnic, when your cell phone alarm rings at 3pm, take some time to “pay a tribute to the memory of her [our nation’s] slain defenders” and pause in a thoughtful, appreciative moment of silence, remembrance and prayer for all members of our Armed Forces, past and present. For more information about the traditions and ceremonial customs of Memorial Day, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website . For more information on the White House Commission on Remembrance, visit www.remember.gov where you can pause in silent prayer for a moment as you reflect on the names of America’s Fallen from the Korean War to present. To make a Memorial Day donation in honor of our nation’s veterans, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Buddy Poppy” program that “assists in maintaining state and national rehabilitation and service programs for veterans” at secure2.convio.net or contact The Military Family Network at connections@MilitaryFamilyNetwork.com for other ways that you can help.

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