Friday, May 26, 2006
Pipestone National Monument News Release For Release: Immediate Contact: Jim LaRock Phone: 507-825-5464 Pipestone National Monument Invites the Public to Attend The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day Pipestone National Monument Superintendent Jim LaRock is pleased to announce an opportunity for the public to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance that the Monument will be celebrating on Memorial Day. The âMomentâ is an act of reflection and national unity with the goal of putting the âMemorialâ back into Memorial Day. It is not intended to replace other traditional Memorial Day observances. By participating you will be demonstrating your gratitude and honoring those who died for our freedom. One Nation, One Moment.
The National Monument will honor the âMomentâ with a 3 pm ceremony on Memorial Day at the Monuments visitor center. The ceremony will feature a playing of âTapsâ by a local Pipestone Area Schools trumpet player.
In May 1996, the idea of the National Moment of Remembrance was born when Carmella LaSpada, Director of the Commission on Remembrance met a group of schoolchildren touring Washington, D.C. and asked them what Memorial Day means. When they responded, "It's the day the pool opens," she became determined to reinforce the meaning of Memorial Day and ensure that those who died for our country are not forgotten. Mandated by Congress and sponsored by The White House Commission on Remembrance, the Moment unites America in honor of those who died in service to our country.
If you are unable to attend the ceremony at the monument, all Americans, alone or with family and friends, may want to pause at 3 pm for a âMomentâ of reflection honoring those who died in service to our country.
For additional information on the National Moment of Remembrance please visit www.remember.gov, or for more information on the event contact Pipestone National Monument at 507-825-5464. NPS