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The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day

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Date: May 20, 2010

Pipestone National Monument Invites the Public to Attend

The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day

 

 

Pipestone National Monument Superintendent Glen Livermont is pleased to announce an opportunity for the public to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance that the Monument will be celebrating on Memorial Day.   The “Moment” is an act of reflection and national unity with the goal of putting the “Memorial” back into Memorial Day.  It is not intended to replace other traditional Memorial Day observances.  By participating you will be demonstrating your gratitude and honoring those who died for our freedom. One Nation, One Moment.

 

The National Monument will honor the “Moment” with a 3 pm ceremony on Memorial Day at the Monuments visitor center.  The ceremony will feature a playing of “Taps” by Lexie Kruse, a trumpet performance major in the music department at Bemidji State University and Pipestone High School alumni.

 

In May 1996, the idea of the National Moment of Remembrance was born when Carmella LaSpada, Director of the Commission on Remembrance, met a group of schoolchildren touring Washington, D.C. and asked them what Memorial Day means.  When they responded, "It's the day the pool opens," she became determined to reinforce the meaning of Memorial Day and ensure that those who died for our country are not forgotten.  Mandated by Congress and sponsored by The White House Commission on Remembrance, the Moment unites America in honor of those who died in service to our country.

 

If you are unable to attend the ceremony at the monument, all Americans, alone or with family and friends, may want to pause at 3 pm for a “Moment” of reflection honoring those who died in service to our country.

 

For additional information on the National Moment of Remembrance please visit www.remember.gov, or for more information on the event contact Pipestone National Monument at 507-825-5464.

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