Mar 11, 2015

National Memorial Day

Moment of Remembrance

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, offers the maritime community an opportunity to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, an observance sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance, a bipartisan, independent executive branch agency. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).

I am directing the ships of the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force to dress ship on that day and for all U.S. merchant vessels at port and at sea, to ring their ship’s bells eight times at 1500Z (UCT).

I urge all U.S.-flag ships and all gatherings of members of the maritime industry to participate actively in the National Moment of Remembrance. Surely, we must remember the courageous men and women who have served this great country so bravely to ensure the many freedoms we enjoy every day, and surely, honoring them in this way is but a small token of our appreciation and gratitude.

This one short minute is a time to stop what we are doing and simply reflect on the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes, from the Revolutionary War to the present. I encourage you to use this brief break in the excitement of the day to honor not only members of the Armed Services, but also the U.S. Merchant Marine and other civilians whose devotion to this country have defended and preserved freedom for us all.

David T. Matsuda

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