|SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 100--EXPRESSING SUPPORT OF CONGRESS FOR A NATIONAL MONUMENT OF REMEMBRANCE TO BE OBSERVED AT 3:00 P.M. EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON EACH MEMORIAL DAY (Senate - March 29, 2000)|
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Whereas the preservation of basic freedoms and world peace has always been a valued objective of this great country;
Whereas thousands of American men and women have selflessly given their lives in service as peacemakers and peacekeepers;
Whereas greater strides should be made to demonstrate the appreciation and gratitude these loyal Americans deserve and to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice they made;
Whereas Memorial Day is the day of the year for the Nation to appropriately remember American heroes by inviting the citizens of this Nation to respectfully honor them at a designated time;
Whereas Memorial Day needs to be made relevant to both present and future generations of Americans; and
Whereas a National Moment of Remembrance would provide citizens in the United States an opportunity to participate in a symbolic act of American unity: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress--
(1) expresses its support for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. eastern standard time on each Memorial Day in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace; and
(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe a National Moment of Remembrance on each Memorial Day.
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Should Congress pass this resolution, `Taps' will be played at 3 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Memorial Day each year, in honor of those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. In other words, this resolution seeks to put the `memorial' back into Memorial Day.
It is my hope that this moment of remembrance will bring all Americans together in a spirit of respect, patriotism and gratitude. Our intention is to help restore the recognition our veterans deserve for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our great Nation.
No Greater Love, a nonprofit organization which assists the families of Americans who died in service to their country or in terrorist acts, has helped support this resolution as part of their `Proud to Remember' campaign. We are all grateful for their efforts.