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Memorial Day history, information and links to events

Memorial Day is observed the last Monday each May.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, Memorial Day is observed to ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Click here to read more about the History of Memorial Day from the US Veterans Affairs website.

Click here to be connected to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs:Veteran/Military-Related Events in Iowa.

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