Moment of Remembrance

Memorial-Day-iPad-WallpaperMemorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May that offers the bonus of a three-day weekend to many, serving as the unofficial kick-off to summer. Americans celebrate with barbeques, family get-togethers and the like. Over the years, the true meaning of Memorial Day has perhaps been lost and it makes sense to reflect as to what next Monday is intended to represent.

Originally referred to as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was designated an official federal holiday in 1971. Whereas Veteran’s Day has been set aside to thank and honor those who honorably served in the military, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance in honor of the men and women who have died while serving the U.S. military. In May of 2000, President Bill Clinton released a White House memo, directing all executive departments and agencies to memorial daypromote a “National Moment of Remembrance“. In this very same memo, all Americans were encouraged to pause for one minute at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many serving the U.S. military. Please join me and my co-workers at Oaktree Products in St. Louis, Missouri for a moment of silence on this Memorial Day (Monday, May 26, 2014) at 3:00 pm local time to honor those who died while serving our country.

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist & Vice President of Oaktree Products, Inc., a multi-line distributor hearing healthcare products. As a doctoral candidate, her funded research documented the effects of varying degrees of HIV on the auditory system. Dr. Bankaitis successfully applied these research insights into clinical practice, becoming the leading authority on infection control and authoring many publications on the topic including the popular textbook Infection Control in the Audiology Clinic. Beyond infection control, she has also carved out a niche expertise in identifying viable product solutions intended to deliver positive patient outcomes and ensure compliance with best practice protocols. A.U. shares these insights in her popular Audiology blog (
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8 Responses to Moment of Remembrance

  1. Kurt Stull says:

    Thanks for the reminder A.U. All too often, we do tend to lose site of the true intent of some of our holidays and the vital contributions our military has made to this country. Always enjoy reading your posts!

  2. Mary Ellen Sery says:

    Agreed Kurt! I feel so fortunate to live in a country full of freedom. I remember and thank those who sacrificed their lives for it, and remember the sacrifices of their families, as well.

  3. Maggie Kleffner says:

    Thank you to all the men and women who have fought and still do fight for our freedom! I feel very fortunate to live in this country they fight so hard to protect.

  4. Anne Walker says:

    Thank you to all the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.

  5. Nicole says:

    God Bless all the men and women who put their lives on the line for us!

  6. Karen says:

    Thanks to all the men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom!

  7. Julie says:

    Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were so many touching stories of the men and women who unselfishly gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting and defending our Country. Thank you.

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