Memorial 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 promote 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.