REFLECT. REMEMBER. HONOR.
Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance
by Patte Smith
As Americans, we dedicate two days of the year to honor those who have served in our U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day in November celebrates the service of all who have served the country in war or peace, while Memorial Day in May honors those who have sacrificed their lives while in military service.
In 2000, The National Moment of Remembrance Act was signed into law as a way to promote greater understanding of the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday for all Americans – reminding us that Memorial Day is not just a three-day weekend to kickoff summer and when community pools open.
This Memorial Day, join fellow Americans in pausing for one minute on Monday, May 25 at 3 p.m. to observe The National Moment of Remembrance and to honor America’s fallen heroes. During this same time, a number of organizations throughout the country, including NASCAR and Major League Baseball, generally observe the Moment. Amtrak train whistles sound across the country, and hundreds of other nationwide participants remind Americans to pause for the remembrance.
Although many celebrations will look different this year, nothing can take away our deepest appreciation for those military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Please check websites and verify up-to-date information prior to attending any community celebrations or events.
As of press time, many local and national Memorial Day celebrations were postponed and/or canceled. Please check.
Memorial Day Events
- PBS National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. This television event has become an annual American tradition. Visit http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/home/
- Castle Rock Memorial Day Run & March has been postponed until fall 2020. For more information, visit http://www.MemorialDayMarch.com
- The American Legion Post 1187 is holding two ceremonies on Monday, May 25. One will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, located at 880 E. Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock. The other ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at Bear Canon Cemetery St. Philip in the Field, located at 397 S. Perry Park Road in Sedalia.
- A Memorial Day Service of Remembrance will be held at the J.S. Parker Cemetery, located at 10375 S. Parker Road at 10 a.m.
- Fort Logan National Cemetery will make a decision if they will have Memorial Day remembrance after May 11. For updated information, visit https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftlogan.asp or call 303-761-0117
- The largest Colorado Memorial Day Parade, hosted by Commerce City, has been canceled for 2020