On December 28, 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed into law. The Act established the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, to renew the legacy of Memorial Day.

In writing the legislation, Congress wrote, “greater strides must be made to demonstrate appreciation for those loyal people of the United States whose values, represented by their sacrifices, are critical to the future of the United States.” Citing a responsibility to “raise awareness of and respect for the national heritage, and to encourage citizens to dedicate themselves to the values and principles for which those heroes of the United States died.” Congress called for promoting the relevance of Memorial Day for future generations.

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2021, I hope that you will heed the call that Congress made more than two decades ago and join me in recognizing the men and women who have lost their lives in service to our military.

At 3:00 pm on Monday, May 31, I will say a prayer for peace and offer a moment of silence to pay homage to our fallen heroes.

As the National Moment of Remembrance says, it is time to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be.

Brothers and sisters, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day. May God bless you and protect our military members both at home and abroad.

With solidarity and respect,

James Hart, President
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