WHEREAS, Memorial Day has been officially celebrated in our Nation since May 1868 as a way of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of those brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country; and

WHEREAS, Memorial Day is perhaps the most important American holiday. No other holidays would be possible without those who died for freedom since the founding of our Nation; and

WHEREAS, We seek to provide a sense of history to our citizens and ensure that younger generations understand the sacrifices made to preserve our liberties; and

WHEREAS, The White House Commission on Remembrance was established by Congress to reach Americans through the National Moment of Remembrance with one simple message Ė Donít forget the real meaning of Memorial Day to honor our fallen; and

WHEREAS, The National Moment of Remembrance does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in honor of our fallen. In this shared remembrance, we connect as Americans; and

WHEREAS, The National Moment of Remembrance should be observed citywide on Memorial Day, the Moment is to encourage all citizens of (city) to pause in honor of our fallen. It is a time of remembrance and rededication to the values of our country; and NOW, THEREFORE, that The United States Conference of Mayors urges mayors to proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 as a day for all to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance and designate 3 p.m., as a time to pause and unite in remembrance.

©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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