Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance— published: 05-27-2016
On Memorial Day, Americans remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Its history extends back to the end of the Civil War, when it began as “Decoration Day” in 1868. At that time, observers decorated the graves of fallen service members in honor of their service. In 1971, Congress passed the law making it an official holiday.
In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance resolution to promote the observance of Memorial Day. The resolution asks that, at 3:00 p.m. (local time), Americans voluntarily, informally, and respectfully observe the National Moment of Remembrance by pausing their normal activities for a moment of silence. In addition, you can read about Taps, which Congress designated as the National Song of Remembrance in 2012, or listen to a recording online.
At HPRC, we express our deepest appreciation to fallen service members and their families. We acknowledge their sacrifices so others can live freely and extend our sincere sympathy to those who have lost loved ones.
HPRC is dedicated to supporting all service members and their families with usable information that can enrich their physical and emotional development. Our hope is that warriors and their loved ones, armed with this information, can minimize injury and build resilience.