SecNav Memorial Day Message To The Fleet
From the Honorable Donald C. Winter:
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of rememberance for those who have died in our nation's service. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on Union and Confederate Soldiers graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Ever since, Americans have set aside a day in May to observe Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.
In December of 2000, the "National Moment of Remembrance" Resolution was passed, reminding Americans of the true purpose of this day of reflection. The resolution asks all Americans "to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps" at 3:00 p.m. local time. This year, as we reflect on the achievements and sacrifices of all who have served, I encourage you to remember and honor all those who have lost their lives defending this nation's ideals of freedom and democracy, not for just a moment, but rather throughout the day. We owe them a debt of gratitude for preserving the blessings of liberty that we claim as our birthright.
To our Sailors, Marines and their families, I once again thank you for your contributions, dedication and service to the Navy, Marine Corps, and the United States of America. May God bless all of you.